We would soon start survey for potential places,” said an official in the water resources department requesting anonymity.Recently, water resources secretary P K Jena announced to execute seven projects over Mahanadi to ensure irrigation and drinking water.
BHUBANESWAR: After drawing flak from various quarters over poor river management, the state government on Thursday said it would spend over Rs 75,000 crore for development of water resource in the next five years.
The chief minister has directed to look for places to take up barrages over Mahanadi and its tributaries and distributaries which would cause minimum displacement.
Over 2,000 crore would be spent in the project, which at its current design would submerge around 30000 villagers.
Besides, as many as 22 other projects, which are under various stages of implementation on various rivers, are targeted to complete in next five years.