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CM’s 1,250-cr sops for Bijepur ahead of by-poll

Bhubaneswar, October 16, 2017: With a by-election to the Bijepur Assembly seat fast approaching, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced Rs 1,250 crore worth underground pipeline-based irrigation system namely Bijepur Lift canal System.

The by-poll is necessitated after three-time Congress MLA from the constituency Subal Sahu died of cancer on August 22.

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, said the Chief Minister.

Patnaik’s announcement coincides with his birth anniversary.

“We are on course to create additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares in the State during the five years by 2019. Augmentation of irrigation potential has been a longstanding demand of the people of Bargarh district, especially the drought prone areas of the district. In this regard we have decided to implement Bijepur Lift Canal System, which would be the first of its kind with underground pipeline based irrigation system,” said Patnaik.

Maintaining that the proposed project will cost about Rs 1,250 crore, Patnaik said once complete it 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.

The project will be named as Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System, added the CM.

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