Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated 41 Parvati Giri Mega Lift Irrigation projects through a video conference from the State Secretariat here.
The projects would help irrigate additional 50,000 hectares land in nine districts, including Gajapati, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Sonepur, Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Boudh, sources said.
After inaugurating, Patnaik said while it has been targeted to ensure water irrigation facility in additional 10 lakh hectares cultivated land by 2019, the facility has already been provided to over 7 lakh hectares land.
He further said that the Government will continue its efforts and spend Rs 10,000 crore in next five years to include more farmers in the project.
On the occasion, the CM also exchanged ideas with farmers of various districts through the video conference. He also unveiled a book on the irrigation project.
Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingh Mishra, who was present on the occasion, thanked CM Naveen for his efforts towards irrigation. He urged Patnaik to take steps to avail irrigation facility in more cultivated lands in Bolangir.