Kendrapara, Dec 8 (LocalWire) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday laid foundation stone for a Rs. 241 crore mega piped water supply project at seaside village Sarumuhi under Mahakalapada block in Kendrapara district to alleviate drinking water crisis in the saline hit area.
“Drinking water crisis always remained a major issue in seaside villages and this project would solve water problem in 148 villages of 26 Gram Panchayats within Mahakalapada block and 52 villages of 16 Gram Panchayats within Marsaghai block with a population of 2.36 lakh,” said Patnaik.
The proposed drinking water project has the capacity to provide 25 million liters of drinking water after doing proper treatment of water taken from rivers Luna and Chitrotola. As many as 28 overhead water tanks will be built under this project.
The project would be completed within two years and would involve laying of around 150-km water pipeline construction of six underground reservoirs and two water treatment plants at Jadupur and Manikunda, said the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the state government will build a riverine port at Akhadasali at Mahanadi river within Mahakalapada block.
The port will be built on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode where large numbers of local youths will get employment and the adjoining villages will be developed, said Patnaik.