Kalahandi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday visited Kalahandi district and inaugurated Indravati mega lift irrigation project at Mangalpur in Jaipatna block here.
The Odisha CM dedicated 54 projects worth Rs 1064 crore for the people of the district.
The Upper Indravati Lift Canal system has been constructed at a cost of Rs 986.71 crore and is capable of irrigating 25,275 hectares of farmland. The system comprises 43.26 km of concrete canal and 1142 km of underground pipeline.
Around 3 lakh farmers of Koksara, Jaipatna, and Dharamgarh blocks in the district will be benefited with the launch of the lift canal system. Water will be lifted from Mangalpur barrage for irrigation.
The 54 projects include 10 drinking water projects worth Rs 20.02 crore and 13 check dams at a cost of Rs 4.83 crore.
Among the major projects inaugurated by Patnaik at a function here was the Megalift irrigation projects at Salebhata, Champadeipur, Gopinathpur, and Teran Gasil, Sandul irrigation project, mega pipe water supply to Golamunda Block covering 28 gram panchayats (Rs 177.84 crore), and 40 single village pipe water supply schemes (Rs 116.73 crore).