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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

Water scarcity hits Orissa

This report is taken from The Pioneer:

Water scarcity has badly hit major parts of the State. In order to tackle the water scarcity and arrange drinking water for lakhs of people, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday took a review meeting and asked officials to take immediate steps so that people’s sufferings owing to water scarcity would be minimised during the ongoing summer.

Speaking to reporters, Housing and Urban Development Minister Badri Naryan Patro said that Berhampur, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Balanagir, Jharsuguda, Belpahar and Brajaraj Nagar have been affected. “With the assistance of the MCL, a barrage would be constructed for Jharsugura, Belpahar and Brajaraj Nagar,” he said.

For the Berhampur city, an ambitious plan has been chalked out. Two large ponds would be dug. Each pond would be dug in an area of 100 acres of land on the outskirts of Berhampur city within a 10 km radius. The remaining 250 crore would be spent on the digging of these two ponds.

To provide water facilities for the Balangir city, the on-going low-voltage crisis would be solved. Rs 113 crore would be spent to bring water from Naraj to the campus of NISER, IIT and villages of Jatani and Khurda.

Special squad would be formed to provide emergency services to the people of Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Puri and Balangir. More than 40 drilling machines would be taken on hire to install nearly 1000 tube-wells by the end of May. “It has been decided in principle that new divisions would be created and more staffs would be recruited in the coming days,” he said. In order to overcome land acquisition process, Chief Minister directed the officials to go for advance land possession.

April 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Lower Suktel Project work to start soon in Balangir district of Orissa

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The Union Ministry of Water Resources has approved the revised estimates of Rs 1,041 crore for the long-awaited Lower Suktel Irrigation Project in Balangir district. State’s Minister of Planning and Coordination and Public Enterprises AU Singh Deo said that the wishes of his late father and former Chief Minister RN Singh Deo, who had conceived the project in the 1960s would be fulfilled.

With the approval, the project work is likely to start by March this year, said Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the State’s Department of Water Resources Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Monday. He said the project, when completed, would provide irrigation to about 90,000 acres of land in Balangir.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had asked the State’s Department of Water Resources to present the revised estimate to the Union Ministry in view of the growing drought condition in most of the areas of Balangir district. The department submitted the Rs 1,041-crore revised estimate to the Ministry, which, besides approving it, has sent it to the Central Water commission (CWC) for its nod. The CWC is the technical clearance wing of the Ministry.

AU Singh Deo pursued the proposal at the Centre doggedly by meeting Secretary of the Ministry UN Panjir and the concerned Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo also played his role for the project and pursued it in the Ministry.

While the project was pursued at the Centre, people to be affected by the project are also being persuaded by Minister Singh Deo to accept it. Recently, Minister MP Kalikesh Singh Deo and department Secretary Mahapatra visited the concerned villages of Pardhiapali, Khuntpali and Koindapali and held talks with the villagers. Mahapatra convinced the villagers in favour of the project in view of the larger interests of the district.

During the visit to the villages, people raised various objections and apprehensions, but Mahapatra cleared their doubts. The villagers were happy to learn the benefits of the project for the district, said Kalikesh Singh Deo.

January 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Update on Lower Suktel project

Following is a report from The

Villagers of four villages today protested the road construction for the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project. As per the estimate, villagers would lose 150 acres of agricultural land if the road is laid.

Sources said a company abruptly started construction of the road without prior notice to the villagers. Neither the lands were acquired nor were the villagers compensated.

Villagers alleged that since the company suddenly and forcibly started the work they lost crops which were not cut. The two-km special road for the project alongside Balangir-Kantabanji road will render them landless, said the villagers. “We endorse the project, but for construction of the road we should be properly compensated,” said Jayakrishna Mishra of Barapurgia village.

Official sources said Rs 44 crores was sanctioned by Water Resources Department for construction of the road, which was entrusted to Works Department. And the department gave the roadwork on contract to a construction company.

Laxman Meher, vice-president of District Congress Committee, who is fighting on behalf of the villagers, said as per procedure, lands of villagers should be acquired first compensating them.

Then a clearance should be sent to the department concerned to assign work. “The entire system seems hush-hush. How could the company start work on villagers’ lands without acquiring them,” questioned Meher.

Meanwhile, Balangir Collector Aswathy S, who sent Balangir sub-collector Rajendra Pattnaik to the villages after receiving complaints, said the matter will be given a relook. “Complaints of villagers will be scrutinized and then appropriate compensation given to the villagers,” said the collector.

December 17, 2009 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Balangir villagers favour Lower Suktel

Following report and comment is from

Ananga Udaya Singh Deo is hopeful that his legendary father’s wishes will be soon fulfilled.

Minister Planning and Coordination, who visited the villages to be affected by the massive irrigation project Lower suktel is upbeat about it.

Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo planned for it in early 60’s and his son AU and grand son Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP is now batting for the project.

Both AU and Kalikesh visited the affected villages here on 9 December to convince the villagers to allow the project to take off.

Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Secretary Department of Water Resources (DOWR) accompanied the Minister and also visited the affected villages.

Mr.Mohapatra convinced the villagers to favour the project in view of larger interest.

Lower Suktel will change the scenario in Balangir district, which is a perennially drought prone area.

DOWR has presented Rs.1041 crore revised estimate for Lower Suktel to Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR), which has sent it to Central Water commission (CWC).

CWC is the technical clearance wing of MOWR.

Recently Mr.Singh Deo held discussion with the Minister Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal regarding the project.

Mr.Singh Deo also met U N Panjir, Secretary MOWR to give the approval for including it in AIBP.

During the visit to the villages, people raised various objections and apprehensions.

Mr.Mohapatra, Secretary DOWR cleared all the doubts among the villagers.

They were happy to learn the benefits of Lower Suktel for Balangir district, said Kalikesh Singh Deo.

Planning Commission has been approached for the massive project, which will benefit the barren district in turning into a green zone, said the MP from Balangir.

Mr. Singh Deo will be talking to Montek Singh Ahuwalia, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission in this regard soon, said sources.

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“Men may come men may go, I will go on for ever.” – Tennyson in The Brook. Singhdeo family projects can make the same claim. Foundation stone of Lower Suktel(?), was laid during 1971 election by Sri R. N. Singhdeo. Son AU & Grandson KK does the same.

Sandip K. Dasverma

December 10, 2009 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Lower Suktel Irrigation Project, Balangir district, work may start by March 2010

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The revised estimates of Rs 1,041 crore for the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project in Balangir district have been sent to the Government of India and its approval is expected very soon and the project is likely to start by March 2010. This was stated by Minister of Planning and Coordination AU Singh Deo while speaking to the media here on Tuesday.

“Today we visited Pardhiapali, Khuntpali and Koindapali villages and held talks with the villagers. Efforts are on to sort out the locals’ problems through talks,” he informed further. “After the Central approval comes, we shall try to complete the project in three to four years,” said Secretary Water Resources Suresh Mahapata.

Mahapatra said that a lot of discrepancies in terms enumeration of trees in the project area and payment of compensation have been detected. The earlier land acquisition officer has been placed under suspension and the case is being handed over to the Crime Branch for further inquiry, he informed. On the issue of large-scale buying and selling of land in the project area, he said he would look into it. He further said the Lower Indra Project would be completed and within two years irrigation water would be provided for 35,000 acres of land in Bongomunda block.

December 9, 2009 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

NREG central monitoring team may visit Balangir: Srikant Jena

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The performance of NREG in Balangir is not satisfactory and the central monitoring team is likely to visit the district soon to take stock of the situation. This was announced by Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Srikant Jena while speaking to mediapersons on Sunday evening after taking review of lower Suktel irrigation projects and performance of all centrally funded projects.

The lower Suktel irrigation projects although sanctioned way back in 1997 is yet to be completed. A revised estimate of more than Rs 1,100 crores have been sent to the Central Water Commission (CWC). Under PMGSY, as many as 65 roads are yet to be completed.

Similarly, the Khurda Road-Balangir railway line though sanctioned in 1993 is yet to be completed. The land acquisition process has been very slow. Even as a bypass road is badly required in the town, the consultancy firm which has been given the task is yet to submit its report, Jena said further.

Even though a large number of farmers have committed suicide, the State Government has not been able to submit its report on the situation, Jena said further. There is no shortage of fertilizers and the Central Government has supplied adequate fertilizers to the State. It is the craze for Gromor fertilizer which is creating such a situation even as other complex fertilizers of the same composition are also available. It is the duty of the State Government to check black marketing, he added further.

A five days seminar on the programmes run by the Central Government will be held in January and many Central Ministers will be joining it. It will be organised by the publicity wing of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), New Delhi, Jena informed further.

Even as the Government has given slogans of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and around 33 farmers have already committed suicide in the State, no condolence motion was adopted in the Assembly, said Congress leader in the Assembly, Bhupinder Singh. He demanded raising of relief amount for crop loss from Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 per acre. He also demanded the crop loss report of BJD team to be made public.

November 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

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