Karanjia: Initiated 28 years back in 1992 by the then Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, the much-awaited Deo Irrigation Project at Hatibari in Karanjia block of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha will finally see the light of the day soon.
The district administration has begun the displacement process of villagers from the area. Almost 85% of the project work has been completed. But, the final work could not be completed owing to displacement related issues.
However, officials of the district administration managed to displace around 19 families in the presence of the police force. The displaced families have been temporarily rehabilitated at Patulidihi.
Upon its completion, the project can irrigate a total of 9900-hectares of agricultural lands. Farmers of both Mayurbhanj and the neighbouring Keonjhar district will benefit from the project.
At least six platoon of police forces were deployed during the displacement today. Two magistrates were also present at the spot. Among others present during the displacement are Mayurbhanj sub-collector, Mayurbhanj Police Superintendent and tehsildars of Sukruli and Karanjia.