Bhubaneswar, January 21: With an aim to provide safe drinking water to the people living in the rural areas, the Odisha Cabinet led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday approved three tenders worth Rs 1,287 crore for execution of nine mega piped water supply projects in Malkangiri, Nayagarh and Jajpur districts.
“The Government has taken decision for execution of nine mega piped water supply projects to provide safe drinking water in the three districts out of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) funding,” said Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena after the Cabinet meeting.
Jena said that the State Cabinet has approved the lowest tender amounting to Rs 639.26 crore for execution of four projects in Malkangiri district which will benefit 3.13 lakh people of 453 villages under 61 GPs of four blocks.
Similarly, the Cabinet has given its nod for execution of another three mega piped water supply projects in Nayagarh district with a cost of Rs 393.93 crore. This project will provide safe drinking water to 1.94 lakh people of 619 villages under 42 GPs of three blocks of the district, said Jena.
Further, the Cabinet also approved tender of Rs 254.66 crore for execution of two water supply projects in Jajpur district. Around 2.50 lakh people of 250 villages under 49 GPs of Korei and Bari blocks of the district will be benefited, added the Development Commissioner.
All the drinking water projects work is targeted for completion within a period of 24 months.