By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, January 14, 2021: Kalahnadi, once infamous for starvation deaths is no longer the land of hunger. The district has turned into a rice bowl as Kalahandi is the second-largest producer of paddy and the farmers here are feeding the nation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said addressing his first public meeting at Bhawanipatna in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Asserting that Kalahandi is no longer a laboratory to study poverty, Patnaik said, it has now become a role model of development in the country.

Inaugurating the lift irrigation project of Indravati constructed at Rs 986.71 crore, Naveen appealed for full utilisation of the water. Indravati is not merely a river, it is our mother and lifeline, he said and announced that a museum, temple and park dedicated to Indravati will be developed soon.

The irrigation project will provide irrigation to 25,275 ha land in Jaipatna, Koksara and Dharamgarh blocks which were hitherto not getting irrigation facilities of Indravati project due to high alleviation location.

The CM also inaugurated 53 other projects constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 1064.86 crore and laid the foundation stone of 52 projects to be built at an investment of around Rs 1020.34 crore.

Prior to the visit of CM, ministers and office-bearers of the party highlighted the achievement of the state government ever since Naveen Patnaik became the CM. Lok Sabha member Basanta Panda highlighted different benefits and measures taken by the Central government for the benefit of farmers and farm sector.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of