Bhubaneswar: CM Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated two more berths of the Gopalpur Port and laid foundation stone for the expansion of Harbhangi irrigation project during his Ganjam visit today.
CM landed at the temporary helipad at Gopalpur at around 10.45 am and dedicated the berth 2 and 3 of the port which has been set up at a project cost of Rs 1400 cr. With the addition of the new berths the cargo handling capacity of the port will increase to 20 million MTPA from 2 million MTPA earlier.
While addressing a gathering during the inauguration, Naveen claimed that the new port will create job opportunity for 8000 more youths in the state and boost maritime trade.
During his visit the CM also laid foundation stone for expansion of Harbhangi irrigation project to be constructed at Rs 172 crore. Once completed, the project will benefit 32 villages in the area by irrigating 3,763 acres of cultivable land.
At least 24 piped water supply projects for four blocks of the district with 11 of them in Sheragada and Hinjili were also witnessed foundation stone lying by the CM today.
Later, the CM went to Sheragada venue to lay foundation stones for improvement of Karamanganala road under Hinjili block and construction of a bridge over Baghua river.
At Sanakhemundi, he laid foundation stones for 13 piped water supply projects and distributed monetary assistance to beneficiaries under Construction Worker Welfare scheme.
In the afternoon Naveen is slated to visit Gajapati district to launch projects worth Rs 631.24 crore and address a farmers’ convention under KALIA scheme.