STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 7 July
The state government will spend Rs 266 crore for strengthening the 84 km long Right Canal of Upper Indravati dam project.
“Both sides of the canal will be strengthened by stone packing, cement concreting and other methods.
An amount of Rs 266 crore will be spent for the purpose,” said a senior official in the water resources department.
Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik chaired a review meeting yesterday, where a decision in this regard was taken .
The meeting also stressed on cross drainage for smooth release of rain water.
“The work will start in December this year and we expect that the project will be completed in four years,” the official said.
While reviewing the progress of Hadua irrigation project in Narsinghpur block of Cuttack district, the meeting was informed that the medium project will extend irrigation facilities to 5,500 hectares in Narsinghpur and Badamba blocks in Kharif season and 2,957 hectares in Rabi season.
“The second phase forest clearance for the project has already been sanctioned. Steps are being taken to start dam construction work from 15 July,” the official said.
He  added that land acquisition for the project has already been commenced.
The government will spend nearly Rs 238.88 crore for the project.
Discussions were also held on progress of works of Tel integrated project.
“Once completed, the project will irrigate 9,903 hectares,” said the official.
It will also stabilise the Phuljhari medium irrigation project (MIP). The detailed project report (DPR) of the MIP is being prepared.
The meeting also reviewed progress of Brutanga irrigation project in Nayagarh district which will irrigate 23,300 hectares when completed.
Steps are being taken for the second stage forest clearance for the project.
It was further decided in the meeting that irrigation facilities will be provided to Nawarangpur district from Indravati project through a tunnel.