Odisha Govt to spend Rs 75,000 crore in the next five years for development of water resources

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Bhubaneswar: The State Government would spend Rs 75,000 crore in the next five years for development of water resources.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the Water Resources Department to prepare a comprehensive river policy in the next three months, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said on Thursday.

Patnaik said several barrages would be constructed on river Mahanadi to store water which would be utilised for agricultural purposes as well as for providing drinking water. The barrages would be constructed where there is less possibility of displacement.The Government would also spend Rs 400 crore in next three years for concrete lining of the Bargarh Main Canal, the CMO statement said, adding the Chief Minister has also advised to start the tendering process of the Gangadhar Meher Mega Lift Canal System in three months.

The Government is preparing a master plan to utilise the Mahanadi waters by constructing as many as seven barrages in the downstream of the river and 22 barrages on tributaries and distributaries of the river.

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