Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday dedicated slew of projects worth Rs 4,000 crore in Nuapada district, infamous for poverty, backwardness and distress migration. More than 1.80 lakh people from 200 villages under Komna, Khariar blocks of Nuapada district and Bangomunda,Muribahal and Titlagarh blocks of Balangir district would reap benefits from the Lowe Indra irrigation project, Patnaik said on a visit to the district.
The construction of the Rs 220 crore mega lift irrigation projects will come to an end by the end of this year. It will irrigatearound 18 thousand hectares of agricultural land under Komna, Nuapada, Sinapali and Boden blocks of the district. Besides the project will irrigate another 7500 acres of land, Patnaik said.
The Chief Minister announced that a science park and a museum will be et up at the Lower Indra dam site at a cost of Rs three crore. “Biju Babu had declared Nuapada a separate district in 1999. Nuapada has madethe most of the Biju Expressway. 132 km of roads at a cost of Rs 680 crore has been constructed in Nuapada alone. The District Headquarter Hospital in Nuapada is no less than the hospitals in the cities of the State.”
The infant mortality rate in Nuapada has come down dramatically with improved health service. Nuapada has also done a great job in saving the lives of mothers. The presence of fluoride in the water of the district is a major problem for the people. Women had to walk miles and miles to get good drinking water. Aware of the situation, the State Government now has provided piped water to 55 percent of homes in Nuapada.
More than 1,000 Fluoride Removal Plants have been installed. More than 900 villages have been made free from the fluoride problem. All the households in Nuapada will be provided piped water. For providing safe drinking water, as many as 205 Pipe Water Supply projects and one Mega pipe water supply project worth Rs 400 crore are being implemented in the district.