NABARD grants Rs 254 cr for drinking water projects in Odisha
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 254 crore to set up two mega piped drinking water supply projects in Odisha under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).
The two mega projects will come up in the Puri district (covering Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad block) and the Jajpur district (covering Badachana and Dharmasala blocks).
These projects are expected to bring clean and safe drinking water to an 8.78 lakh rural population across 1.37 lakh households in 565 villages of the state on completion.
These piped drinking water supply projects aim to provide 70 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 supply in the project area.
The projects will contribute to achieving the goal of providing drinking water to the rural population by 2022.
In the current financial year, several critical rural infrastructure projects under drinking water, irrigation, and rural connectivity (road and bridge) activity are in the pipeline, supported under RIDF-XXVII.
The state government is prioritising mega piped water supply projects in the state, followed by projects under irrigation and, subsequently, rural connectivity projects.
This infrastructure support under RIDF plays a major role in supporting the rural economy of Odisha and adds to the continuous efforts of the state government to boost the infrastructure requirements of rural areas, C Udayabhaskar, Chief General Manager, Nabard, Odisha Regional Office told the media.