Bhawanipatna: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said that Kalahandi district in Odisha has emerged as the model of the development in the country.
While addressing a mega event in the district on the sidelines of unveiling of Indravati irrigation project, Patnaik said that some people had wanted to make the district as a laboratory of poverty.
"With the tireless efforts of State government, Kalahandi has turned a model of development. With due respect to the river Indravati, a museum and park along with a temple dedicating to Goddess Indravati will be built here," Patnaik announced.
The CM said that certain words of Biju Babu for the residents of Kalahandi has inspired him much to take concrete measures for all-round development of the district.
"Biju Babu used to say that the people of Kalahandi love me very much and I too," Patnaik said.
Patnaik also urged farmers to use every drop of water from Indravati River for the development of Kalahandi and pledged to conserve water for the future generations.
The CM unveiled a total 54 projects including the Indravati Irrigation project while laying foundation of 52 proposed projects in the district. The cost of all projects is estimated to be Rs 2085 crore, sources said.
The Indravati irrigation which was constructed at cost of Rs 987 crore was inaugurated by the chief Minister in Jaypatna in the district. The mega irrigation project is able to provide water to around 25,275 hectares land in Koksara, Dharmagarh and Jaypatna block in the district. It will carter to the needs of over 3 lakh farmers of 87 villages in these blocks, sources added.
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)