BHUBANESWAR, JULY 2, 2021
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs.388 crore to the Odisha Government under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up of four Mega Piped Drinking Water Supply Projects in the State.
The sanctioned amount would also be used for construction or up-gradation of 20 village roads across 15 districts in the state, an official statement said.
While one project each will be undertaken in Boipariguda Block of Koraput district and Nilgiri Block of Balasore district, the other two projects will be implemented at Malkangiri and Kalimela Blocks of Malkangiri district.
This sanction also includes construction/upgradation of 20 village roads across 15 districts in the State.
The Mega Piped Drinking Water Supply Projects are intended to provide 70 lakh litres per capita per day (LPCD) clean, safe hygienic portable drinking water at the consumer end through Functional Household Tape Connection (FHTC) with eight hours of water supply in the project area. On completion, these projects are expected to provide clean and safe drinking water to 2.57 lakh rural people in 467 villages and in achieving the goal of supplying drinking water in the State by the year 2022.
Further, the road projects are expected to improve the livelihood of 1.52 lakh people in 162 villages.
During the current financial year, critical rural infrastructure projects under Drinking Water, Irrigation and Rural Connectivity (Road and Bridge) are being planned to be supported under RIDF-XXVII, NABARD said in a statement today.
The cumulative sanction under RIDF for the current year and sanction since inception of RIDF stand at Rs.691 crore and Rs.28732 crore, respectively.
The Odisha Government accords top priority to Mega Piped Water Supply projects followed by projects under irrigation and rural connectivity. This infrastructure support under RIDF would play a key role in supporting rural economy by improving the livelihood of millions of people in the rural economy, the NABARD statement said.