NABARD grants Rs 220.50 crore to the Odisha government under the RIDF

The projects will benefit districts such as Kendrapara, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Rayagada, Boudh, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Khurda, and Sonepur.

by Soumayashree Mishra
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According to officials, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 220.50 crore to the Odisha government under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

 

NABARD has approved the fund for the construction of 57 flood protection projects and one rural bridge.

 

 

According to a NABARD official, the projects will benefit districts such as Kendrapara, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Rayagada, Boudh, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Khurda, and Sonepur.

 

He stated that the state water resources department would carry out projects for the protection and restoration of river banks at 57 identified stretches on 32 different rivers/creeks for the restoration/stabilisation of agricultural land, standing crops, and flood relief operations through the construction of one rural bridge.

 

Repairing and strengthening scoured river banks for a total length of 50.69 km, construction of launching aprons and stone packing of embankment slopes, raising and strengthening of embankments (107.74 km), construction of cement concrete guard wall, etc., construction of 93 new spurs, provision of road on embankments for a total length of 57.78 km are the major items of work for flood protection.

 

In addition, a box cell bridge will be built across Sankha Creek in Jagatsinghpur district. The creek has sluices at Patua and Baghadi to prevent saline ingress into the farmlands.

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