Odisha CM lays foundation stone for drinking water project ‘BASUDHA’
Kendrapara: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid foundation stone for the mega drinking water project ‘BASUDHA’ (Buxy Jagabandhu Assured Water Supply to Habitations) scheme in the district on Saturday.
Patnaik laid the foundation stone at a special programme organised at the Red Cross ground in Sarumuhi village under Mahakalpada block of the district.
The state government has sanctioned Rs 241 crore for the project.
More than 2.37 lakhs of people of 148 villages in Mahakalapada block and 52 villages under Marshaghai will get pure drinking water due to the project.
Addressing the gathering, Patnaik said, “I am delighted that I am in Kendrapara district today. People of 200 villages will get the benefit of the project. I urge the concerned officials to complete the work soon.”
“Development is the only agenda of my government. Development from the village to the city is the aim of our government,” he added.
The Chief Minister also announced to set up a riverine port at Akhadasali village under Mahakalapada Block.
Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Deb, Mahakalapada MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Patkura MLA Bed Prakash Agrawal, Kendrapara MLA Kishor Chandra Tarai, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Department Principal Secretary Deoranjan Kumar Singh and Kendrapara Collector Dasarathi Satapathy were present during the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Notably, the state government has allocated Rs 1065 crore in Budget 2017-18 for implementation of ‘BASUDHA’ scheme across the state.