Bhubaneswar: Following the directives of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, VK Pandian, the Chairman of 5T and Nabin Odisha, visited Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, and Koraput districts to review the progress of various developmental initiatives and interact with the local community.
In Malkangiri district, VK Pandian evaluated the advancement of the Govindapalli Integrated Irrigation Project on River Saptadhara and Garia. This project, amounting to 4000 Crores, aims to provide irrigation to 92,815 acres of land in Malkangiri, Mathili, Khairput, and Korkunda blocks. The project was initiated based on public requests during Pandian’s previous visit on March 28, 2023.
Moving to Nabarangpur district, VK Pandian inspected the Parbati Giri Mega Lift Project, costing Rs. 1272 crore, set to irrigate 48,500 acres, and the Turi-Gunthat Irrigation Project, costing Rs. 577 crore, with an irrigation capacity of 22,500 acres. Additionally, responding to community feedback, Pandian announced the approval of New Government Degree Colleges in various blocks, scheduled to commence operations in the Academic Year 2024-25.
In Nabarangpur district, VK Pandian also assessed the progress of tourism infrastructure development, including projects like Bhaskel Dam in Umerkote, Chandandhara Waterfall, Bhairaghumar Waterfall, Mangaradora Waterfall, Historical Site and Shiva Shrine in Podagada Hill, Shiva Shrine in Mandadongri, Maa Bidri Temple in Jharigam, and the development of Maa Bhandargharani Temple, Mousima Temple in Nabarangpur, and Maa Pendrani Temple in Umerkote. These projects, totaling Rs. 25.50 crore, were initiated based on grievances raised during Pandian’s visit to Nabarangpur in March 2023.
In Koraput District, VK Pandian reviewed the development of Gupteswar Temple in Boipariguda, with an allocated budget of Rs. 20.20 crore, and the Jhanjabati River Barrage Project, costing Rs. 100 crore, designed to irrigate an ayacut area of 4720 acres.
Throughout the day, Pandian engaged with the public at Raighar Stadium in Nabarangpur district and Railway Ground in Laxmipur, Koraput district. He received grievances on various issues and assured prompt resolution.