Bhubaneswar: The Odisha governemnt has decided to implement state’s first underground pipeline based irrigation system for Bijepur in Bargarh district. The project will be named as Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.
An announcement in this regard was made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. “This project will irrigate a gross command area of about 32,000 hectares including 25,600 hectares in Kharif and 7,000 hectares in Rabi season. It will cost about Rs 1250 crores,” the CM said.
“The project will pump water from Bargarh Main Canal through an 18 km-long underground rising main pipeline, where from irrigation will be provided through underground pipelines based distribution system with outlets for every four hectares of land,” Patnaik said.
“The project will utilise latest technologies in irrigation and will be developed as a model project for the entire country,” he added.
On the other hand, Opposition Congress and BJP said there is political interest behind the decision.
“Why the state government and CM realised the need of irrigation project in Bargarh after 17 years of reign? This a move with political interest. The decision has been taken as an effort to win the Bijepur by-poll,” said Ganeswar Behera, Congress Spokesperson.
“They (BJD) are trying to lure the people with the announcement ahead of the by-poll. Not a single mega irrigation project has been completed after the Chief Minister came to power,” said Sajjan Sharma, BJP spokesperson.