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People of Balangir demand completion of lower Suktel irrigation project

Following report is from the Sambad:

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

Expedite Lower Suktel dam project:Orissa CM

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday directed the concerned officials to expedite the construction work of lower Suktel dam project which would provide irrigation facilities to 31, 830 hectares land of Balangir and Sonepur district. The Government would make expenditure lay out of Rs 1,041.81 crore for the project.

Reviewing a meeting on the progress of the said project at the State Secretariat, Patnaik issued this direction. It was known from the meeting that the project has already got state II forest clearances and land acquisition work has been going on in full swing.

It was decided in the meeting that two officers would be appointed to see that land acquisition work for main reservoir and dam should be completed by October end.

The project which would spread over 1230 square kilometre will have a 1410 meter-long earthen embankment (dam). Of the targeted lands to be irrigated by the project, while 29,850 hectares land belongs to Balangir district, 1, 980 hectares land of Sonepur district would be irrigated.

Among others, Planning and Coordination Minister AU Singh Deo, Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik, Principal Secretary to CM Aditya Padhi, Water Resources Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, Revenue Secretary RK Sharma and Central RDC PK Mohapatra were present at the meeting.

September 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm 1 comment

Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo submits a proposal for construction of check-dams

Following report is from The Pioneer:

Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout laid the foundation stone of a Krishi Vigyan Kendra here on Monday

The issue of location of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra was in the news as BJP MLA KV Singh Deo and his wife former MP Sangeeta Singh Deo had tried their best to set it up at Mudhat in Patnagarh rather than at Balangir

In view of irregular rainfall and shortage of water, rainwater must be conserved and steps must be taken to recharge groundwater to boost agriculture and other allied activities, besides ensuring an overall development of this region, observed Rout while speaking on the occasion.

He reeled out the measures taken by the Naveen Patnaik Government for development of poor people through various other departments like horticulture and fisheries. The farm water pond scheme launched by the Government aims to conserve rainwater, besides proving water to crops, he said, adding that rainwater should be conserved and utilised in an optimum manner so that groundwater would be recharged and help agriculture.

“I have submitted a proposal of Rs 5 crore to the Central Government for construction of check-dams all over the district so that groundwater could be recharged, said Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo. If the Bundelkhand region could get a special package from the Centre, why not a similar package with higher allocation for the KBK region in view of its prevailing backwardness, he asked.

Among others, Minister of Planning and Coordination AU Singh Deo and Loisinga MLA Ramakanta Seth also spoke on the occasion.

May 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Hirakud Dam related news:India needs bill on dam safety – and fast

Following is a report by IANS taken from Yahoo news:

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) With India having over 4,700 dams – the third largest number in the world – of which about 100 are more than a century old, a parliamentary panel has suggested the expeditious legislation concerning dam safety.

The Standing Committee on Water Resources, in its report submitted to parliament, said the government should introduce the Dam Safety Bill, 2010 in the budget session.

It said the legislation will help states adopt uniform dam safety norms and provide for proper surveillance, inspection and maintenance of dams of certain parameters.

The committee, headed by Beni Prasad Verma, said the ministry of water resources (MoWR) had informed it that the bill was expected to be introduced in the budget session. The Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal assemblies have passed resolutions empowering parliament to pass the dam safety bill.

According to the National Register of Large Dams, the country has 4,711 completed dams while around 390 are under construction.

Pointing out that there were 477 projects that had spilled over to the 11th Five Year Plan, the committee said some of these have been under execution for the past 50 years or more.

‘The committee desires that the MoWR should take concrete steps so that the spilled over projects, particularly of distant Five Year Plans, are completed during the Eleventh Plan period,’ the report said.

Expressing concern over the ‘tardy pace of execution’ of structures for artificial recharge of water, the committee said the MoWR should pursue the matter with greater vigour with states.

‘Against a target of 794 artificial recharge structures during the 11th Plan, only 121 structures have been completed whereas half the term of the plan is over,’ the committee noted.

It expressed unhappiness over non-achievement of targets for irrigation potential under the ambitious Bharat Nirman programme of the government.

Against the aim of creating irrigation potential of 10 million hectares (Mha) in four years (2005-06 to 2008-09), 7.31 Mha was created till March 2009, the committee said.

The need for legislation has been repeatedly emphasised by the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS), set up in 1987 with the membership of all states and organisations having a significant number of large dams.

While maintenance of the dams is the responsibility of the state governments and dam owners, a Dam Safety Organisation (DSO) was established at the Central Water Commission in May 1979 to develop guidelines for inspection of dams, check lists and other dam safety literature which has also been provided to the states.

The committee also said all information relating to water flow, contamination of surface and groundwater should be collated and ‘put under a suitable template for easy access of all’.

The report of the committee was presented to the Lok Sabha April 20 and tabled in the Rajya Sabha the same day.

May 8, 2010 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Sonepur district’s water resource (rivers viz. Mahanadi, Tel, Ang, Surubali jore, Suktel, and Harihar Jore) and Orissa state govt’s failure in implementing irrigation projects: Dharitri

Following is a report from The Dharitri:

May 5, 2010 at 9:18 am 1 comment

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