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Cabinet nod to Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System in Bijepur

Bhubaneswar, October 23, 2017: The State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday approved three proposals, including the ambitious Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System in Bijepur in Bargarh district.

First of its kind in India, the project will be built at Rs 1246.56 crore and completed in five years.

“It will provide irrigation to rainfed and drought prone areas of about 25,600 hectares in Bijepur, Sohela and Barpali blocks of Bargarh district. It will ensure irrigation for a total of 32,000 hectares across both Kharif and Rabi seasons,” said Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout after the Cabinet.

Tender will be floated for the proposed irrigation project by March next year, added Rout.

The project will be named after renowned poet Gangadhar Meher, whose native place Barpali is part of Bijepur Assembly constituency.

Earlier on October 16, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the Bijepur Lift Irrigation project which would be the first of its kind with underground pipeline based irrigation system keeping in view the upcoming by-poll for Bijepur assembly seat, which was necessitated after the death of sitting Congress MLA Subal Sahu in August. Sahu's wife Ritarani is the BJD nominee for the by-poll.

The project will be the first underground pipeline based irrigation system in the State.

The Cabinet also approved tender for construction of sewerage system under Bhubaneswar Sewerage District II. It will enhance sewage treatment facilities in Smart City Bhubaneswar.

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