Bhubaneswar, July 18 (LocalWire): Even as deficient monsoon has led to delayed kharif cultivation in parts of the state, 168 check dams or medium irrigation projects are lying defunct, not catering to the needs of farmers.
The minister of state for water resources, Raghunandan Das, while replying to a query by BJP member Mohan Majhi revealed this in the Assembly.
Apart from Koraput district which has received 5% surplus rainfall till date, the other 29 districts are hit by deficit rainfall. At least 13 districts including Gajapati, Bolangir, Balasore, Kandhamal and Rayagada are the worst hit, the meteorological officials said.
Of the 168 check dams lying defunct, Kalahandi with 111 of them account for the highest number of defunct projects followed by Bargarh 36, Keonjhar 12 and Cuttack 9.
The check dams had been erected as water reservoir to cater to the needs of farmers and meet exigencies like prolonged dry spell and drought-like situations. However, these check dam projects were not yielding the desired result either due to faulty construction or substandard construction work, former lawmaker from Salipur, Prakash Behera, said.