The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of Rs 254 crore for setting up mega piped drinking water supply projects in Odisha.
Nabard will set up two mega piped drinking water supply projects. While one will be in Jajpur district which will cover Badachana and Dharmasala blocks, the other is in Puri district which will cover Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad blocks.
The projects are expected to provide clean and safe drinking water to 8.78 lakh rural population across 1.37 lakh household in 565 villages of the State on completion, said the Nabard in its official notification.
The mega piped drinking water supply projects are intended for providing 70 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 in achieving the goal of provision of drinking water to the rural population by 2022, added the Nabard.
During the current financial year, many critical rural infrastructure projects under drinking water, irrigation and rural connectivity (road and bridge) activity are being planned to be supported under RIDF-XXVII, the notification stated.
The State Government accords top priority to 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 rural economy of the State and add to the continuous efforts of the State Government to boost the infrastructure requirements of rural Odisha, said Nabard.