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A proposal for Lower Suktel project

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April 19, 2013 at 3:22 am Leave a comment

The Lower Suktel dilemma

Following editorial is from the Samaja:


April 12, 2013 at 6:28 am 2 comments

Lower Suktel project and displacement

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December 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

Lower Suktel: problems and controversy

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October 27, 2012 at 2:28 am Leave a comment

Lower Suktel Irrigation Project of Balangir district: Politics and Reality

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September 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm 4 comments

Work on Lower Suktel project to start from September 27: Govt

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Bowing to pressure from the Opposition Congress and in a bid to foil the call given by the Balangir Citizens’ Committee and the Lower Suktel Action Committee (LSAC) for Balangir bandh on Friday, the State Government on Thursday announced in the House that construction work of the already delayed Lower Suktel Irrigation Project (LSIP) would start from September 27.

However, the State Assembly during zero hour witnessed a war of words between two political heavy weights of the erstwhile Balangir royal familiy – uncle AU Singh Deo, senior vice-president of the BJD and former Minister and his nephew

Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, floor leader of the BJP and also a former Minister —  over the inordinate delay in starting work on the Lower Suktel Project which is yet see the light of the day after 11 years of  its administrative clearance.

The issue which was raised for the consecutive third day in the House since the beginning of the monsoon session with the BJP lawmaker from

Patnagarh drawing the attention of Speaker PK Amat to the indefinite hunger strike  undertaken by the LSAC demanding early establishment of the irrigation project.

Since the condition of the strikers continued to be serious and two of them were already admitted in the local hospital in critical condition, he sought the Speaker to direct the Government to make a statement in the House on the fate of the project.

He alleged that due to insensitive attitude of the Government and the local ruling party leaders, the project was getting delayed while the district has only around four per cent of irrigation coverage.

The BJP member (KV) was critical of the statement of his uncle that the State Government had been reviewing the status of the project from time to time.

He ridiculed that if the review was being done, the Government should speak out as to what was the bottleneck for starting the project.

KV was joined by the two Congress MLAs — Santosh Singh Saluja and Surendra Singh Bhoi in slamming the Government for being neglectful towards the people of Balangir. The two Congress MLAs had alleged that the project could not be taken up due to lack of interest on the part of the State Government as a result of which the project cost had escalated from the original Rs215 crore to Rs1,200 crore.

Earlier the two Congress members Singh and Singh Bhoi had staged dharana in the House on the opening day and on the second day resorted to dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Assembly premises, seeking a definite assurance from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also the Water Resources Minister, concerning the fate of the project and a definite timeframe to start

the project.

However, former Minister and senior BJD vice-president AU Singh Deo tried to defend the Government in the political bout. Asserting that the State Government was committed to set up the project, Singh Deo in an indirect attack on his nephew and the Congress members said it was unfortunate that the entire issue was being given a political colour.

Knowing that the project would be started very soon, some

people have started agitation to defame the Government.

Sensing the gravity of the situation, the Speaker, who had earlier ruled that the Government would make a statement on the issue, revised his ruling, directing the Government to give a statement on the LSIP on Friday.

Anyway, in a calculated move in order to neutralise the Friday dawn-to-dusk Balangir band, Urban Development Minister Raghu Nath Mohanty made a statement on behalf the Chief Minister in the House in the evening.

Stating that the Government was committed to setting up of the LSIP, Mohanty said out of the 5,654 acres of land required for the project, so far the process for land acquisition has been competed in 1,574 acres. However, he clarified that due to opposition from some sections of people, the project was delayed.

He said as many as 5,309 families would be displaced for the proposed irrigation project. The Government had already constructed rehabilitation colony and as many as 684 families had agreed to shift to the new colony, he said.

The Minister said socio-economic survey is in process in 14 out of 29 villages coming under the project area. Mohanty announced in the House that work on the irrigation project will start from September 27.

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September 3, 2012 at 2:28 am 2 comments

Uncertainty over lower Suktel project continues

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June 22, 2012 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

People of Balangir demand completion of lower Suktel irrigation project

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June 19, 2012 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Balangir villagers demand completion of lower Suktel irrigation project

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Demanding speedy completion of construction works of lower Suktel irrigation project, people from around 22 villages of the affected areas held a meeting at Kankada in Bhundimuhann gram panchayat, 30 km from here, on Wednesday.

During the meeting, they threatened to close all the Government offices by picketing at Balangir on April 9, if their demand was not fulfilled.

Since 2005, the land acquisition for the irrigation project has been going on. However, the payment of compensation has not been completed. As a result, the welfare and development programmes of the Government were not implemented in the villages. As the compensation payment process for land acquisition has not been completed, people are not able to leave their villages and lands, informed Samajwadi Party district unit president Arun Mishra here.

The villagers demanded fixing of minimum of `10 lakh as compensation for one acre land, implementation of latest relief and rehabilitation policy and expediting of land acquisition process, Mishra informed further.

The project, for which work began in 2005, was marred by several financial irregularities. The lower Suktel irrigation project was approved at a cost of `216 crore. Meanwhile, the project cost has been raised to `1,047 crore, said sources.

The project would provide irrigation facilities to 31,830 hectares land of Balangir and Sonepur district.

April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm 1 comment

Lower suktel irrigation project work will start in November

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who used to listen to officers presenting the success stories of their departments at the State Secretariat, now seems to be serious about work at the field instead of looking at the screen at his conference room. It was evident during a review of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

Minister of Planning & Coordination and Excise, AU Singh Deo was present at the meeting along with Principal Secretary Home Upendra Nath Behera, Principal Secretary to CM, Aditya Prasad Padhi, Water Resources Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra and other senior officials.

Water Resources Department officers were busy trying to impress the Chief Minister about how the project would benefit more than 31,000 farmers in Balangir and Subarnapur districts. The earthwork and spillway work would start after monsoon, they said.

Patnaik, who had also presided over several review meetings on the Lower Suktel Project earlier, asked the officials to remove all hurdles so that the works could begin soon. “Don’t show me more presentations. I want work at the field,” he reportedly told the officers. Sensing the Chief Minister’s mood, the officers informed him that the approach road to the reservoir would be completed by October and the tendering process for earthwork and spillway work is at the last stage and the works are likely to commence by November.

Of the 29 villages likely to be affected due to the project, the officers informed that the Government has already started land acquisition in 23 villages while negotiations are on in the six other villages. An estimated `1,041 crore would be invested in the project.

September 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm 5 comments

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