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Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (PTI) Exactly eight years after the Ministry of Environment and Forest accorded stage-I forest clearance to Ong Irrigarion Project, the Orissa government has decided to go ahead with the major project to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 305 crore, official sources said.”Notification for land acquisition for the Ong project has already been made.
The state government has also made budgetary allocation for the purpose,” Water Resources Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra told reporters after holding a discussion with the local MLA and state’s Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Minister Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha.Stating that the project would irrigate about 30,000 hecatre of land in Bargarh district, Mohapatra said that public hearing for the pupose was conducted both in Orissa and neighbouring Chhatishgarh state.The drought prone area of Padmapur, Sohela, Bijepur, Gaisilat blocks of Padampur in Baragarah district and Agalpur block of Balangir district would get irrigation facilities after completion of the project, Mohapatra said.
While Rs 10 crore was allocated for the project in the current fiscal, Rs 15 crore could be sanctioned in 2011-12, Mohapatra said adding that there was apparently no opposition to the project in Bargarh’s Padmapur area.While the Stage-I Forest clearance had been received from MOEF during February, 2003, the public hearing for environment clearance was conducted on August 6, 2004 in Orissa and on September 11, 2007 in Chhatisgarh. (More) PTI AAM CR
BARGARH: Protests marked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s tour of drought-prone Paikmal block today. Over 100 persons were taken into preventive custody by police.
However, an unperturbed Naveen went ahead with his visit that saw tight security arrangements. He declared sops for the drought-prone Padampur sub-division of the district in a bid to smoothen ruffled feathers over possible bauxite mining in Gandhamardan hill range.
Addressing a public meeting at Paikmal High School ground, Naveen admitted that completion of the Ong river project was the only way to combat the recurring drought in the area. He said that while the project involves an expenditure to the tune of ` 1,000 crore, the government had sanctioned ` 10 crore but promised to expedite the project.
Informing that 21 per cent of the Padampur sub-division was irrigated, he said the Ong project once completed would irrigate 26,000 acres of land in 130 villages of five blocks. Disclosing that ` 50 crore have been sanctioned for minor irrigation projects, he said this would irrigate an additional 6,710 acres besides the ` 16-crore watershed project, which would benefit 1,500 farmers.
He also declared sinking 2,000 bore wells in the region which would help 4,000 farmers who have to deposit only 10 per cent of the cost. He also said that construction of as many as 200 check dams was on the anvil to mitigate drinking water problem in the sub-division besides facilitating irrigation. Reiterating the commitment of his government to mitigate sufferings of farmers, he said that his government was aware of problems of farmers and would leave no stone unturned to see that they prosper. However, the Chief Minister parried the issue of bauxite mining in Gandhamardan hill range.
Earlier in the morning, Paikmal police arrested 109 persons while they were taking out a rally to protest the CM’s visit.