Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 4:
The prospects for the Mahanadi-Rushikulya river linking project in Odisha has brightened with the scheduled visit of a team of officials of the Central Water Commission (CWC) to the state on April 6.
According to official sources, the CWC team, after a meeting with the Centre in New Delhi, will arrive in the state capital here on April 6.
The team led by the CWC chairman will visit the Barmul point of Mahanadi river in Nayagarh district for an on-the-spot study. The team would study the map from Barmul point to Kabisuryanagar via Ganjam, Nayagarh and Khordha routes through which the two rivers would be linked. The total length of the route for linking of these two rivers is 225 km.
After studying the technical aspects on the feasibility of the project, the team will have a meeting with senior state government officials, the sources added.
Prior to the visit of the CWC team, the National Water Resources Council (NWRC), had given a green signal to Mahanadi-Rushikulya river linking project in its technical survey report.
It has been found that since last two decades, Ruskhikulya remains dry for six months of the year. As a result, people of Brahmapur and its nearby areas face acute shortage of water, which also affects agriculture in these areas.
If the project is implemented, the people and farmers of Ganjam, Nayagarh and Khordha districts would benefit immensely.
Besides, the project would also permanently solve the perennial drinking water crisis in Brahmapur city and help the farmers of these three aforesaid districts to raise kharif and rabi crops on one lakh hectares of land.