Balangir, Jan 3: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday visited Balangir and inaugurated the Lower Suktel Major Irrigation project in the district. During the event, the Chief Minister expressed that the water issues faced by farmers in Balangir have been successfully addressed through the implementation of the Lower Suktel project. He emphasized that this project will bring about a significant transformation in the irrigation sector of Balangir, marking a new era of development for the district.
Highlighting the significance of the Lower Sukatela Major Irrigation project, the Chief Minister mentioned that it is the ninth largest dam in the state, standing at a height of 31 meters. The project is expected to supply water to one lakh acres of land in 203 villages across Balangir and Sonepur districts, benefiting over 80 thousand farmers. Additionally, more than 80 thousand people in the district will have access to improved drinking water facilities. The completion of the project, initiated in 2019 under the 5T initiative, is seen as a major milestone for the region.
In his address to the public, the Chief Minister reiterated the crucial role of farmers in the state's economy, referring to them as the charioteers of progress. He pledged ongoing support for farmers, outlining various schemes such as life insurance, Rs 1 lakh interest-free loans, free crop insurance, and scholarships for children from farming families. The Chief Minister affirmed his commitment to working alongside farmers for the continued development of the state.
Among others, 5T and Naveen Odisha Chairman V.K. Pandian, Health and Family Welfare Minister Niranjan Pujari, Balangir MP Sangeeta Kumari Singhdeo, Rajya Sabha member Niranjan Bisi, Balangir MLA Narasingh Mishra, Patnagarh MLA and district planning committee chairperson Saroj Meher were present.