Ganjam: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday inaugurated the first integrated water supply project of the state worth Rs 431 crore in Berhampur.
The Mega Water Supply Project has been built at Dharakote block’s Janibili.
Water from this reservoir will be treated at a purification plant in Jagadalpur in Kukudahandi block and will be supplied to Berhampur city.
The project will provide its services to 53 villages in 16 Gram Panchayats in between Janibili and Berhampur benefiting more than 5 lakh people through better access to drinking water, official sources said.
The project would supply 300 lakh litres of water on a daily basis through a pipeline network of 232 kilometres.
Patnaik on Sunday also launched the construction and development of the ‘Smart Park’ programme built at a cost of Rs 200 crore. The open spaces (parks) would be developed with an array of amenities in urban areas of Odisha.
The 200 upcoming Smart Parks will have separate children area, safe drinking water, separate toilets for men and women, LED lights and well marked and sufficient seating arrangements.
Smart parks and cremation grounds for 114 urban areas of the state will be constructed under the Unnati Yojana in next 6 months.
The Chief Minister also allocated Rs 200 crore under ‘Unnati’ programme, for building and modernizing crematoriums in 114 municipal areas across the State. Development of new cremation sites and renovation of the existing ones with changing rooms, toilets, drinking water facility and devotional music halls have been planned.