Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 31:
Odisha will bag the first Green Climate Fund (GCF) financed project in India to raise the ground water levels in ponds leading to increase in irrigation facility in the 13 districts of the state.
The project at a cost of Rs 140 crore will be launched in the districts suffering from water crisis in Odisha including Bolangir, Koraput, Kalahandi districts.
The 100 billion dollar Green Climate Fund (GCF) within the framework of the UNFCCC has been founded as a mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF is based in the new Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea.
The project be implemented in 13 districts in Odisha including Bolangir, Koraput, Kalahandi, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, according to a report in Sambad.
The project proposal submitted by Odisha government has received initial clearance by GFC. The Central government has asked Odisha government to send the final report by April 18 this month. The project will be implemented next year.
Under this project 1000 ponds will be dug deeper to increase water quantity resulting in rise in ground water levels. These ponds will be fitted with 1000 solar pumps to facilitate irrigation. The project targets to supply 10,000 hectare irrigation.
NABARD is the nodal body for GFC funded projects in India, while in Odisha the project will be implemented through the department of water resources.