Odisha Assigns High-Level Team to Boost Lower Suktel Irrigation Project

On the direction of CM Naveen Patnaik, a high-level committee headed by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and comprising of Chairman of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) Asit Tripathy and Principal Secretary to Water Resource Department Anu Garg visited Nrusinghanath for a ground zero evaluation of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project. Mohapatra discussed sustainable engineering and proposed enhanced irrigational aspects of the project at Magurbeda in Balangir district with his team.

Here’s a list of tasks that the team carried out:

  • Reviewing the land acquisition, compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement issues of displaced and affected people.
  • Resolving all the issues and commencing the project as directed by the CM. During the spot visit, they discussed the villagers’ problems and how to resolve issues related to the people’s compensation and resettlement.
  • The team visited the Nrusinghanath temple located on the foothill of Bargarh’s Gandhamardan and announced that the shrine would soon get a makeover. They also visited the Harishankar temple located on the opposite side of the Gandhamardan hills in Balangir district.

“A specialised team will be sent to prepare a master plan for the development of the entire area. The required investment will be provided to set up various amenities for lakhs of tourists who visit the shrine. Discussions were held on ways to develop the trekking route between Nrusinghanath and Harishankar temples. The feasibility of a ropeway between the two shrines was also discussed,” Mohapatra said.

Notably, the development plan of Nrusinghanath temple includes beautification, pilgrim amenities, approach roads, tourist facilities, development of marriage halls and water conservation measures.

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