New Delhi: Almost ten years after it was
conceived, Environment Ministry has given an initial clearance
to the Brutanga irrigation project in Orissa, for which
1524.17 hectares of forest land will have to be transferred.
Based on the recommendation of a forestry panel and also
in view of the fact that this is an irrigation project which
would benefit thousands of farmers in Orissa, the ministry has
accorded the stage I clearance to this project, Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh said.
A reservoir scheme across river Brutang, the project
aims to provide irrigation to 31,110 hectares of gross command
area and 23,330 hectares of culturable command area of its
independent ayacut in Dasapalla, Khandapada, Odagaon and
Nayagarh blocks of Nayagarh district in Orissa.
The project had obtained clearance from the
Techno-Economic Appraisal Committee of the Central Water
Commission on December 18, 2000 but was placed before the
Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) in its meeting on August 20, a
day after which the Ministry had rejected Vedanta`s bauxite
mining project in the state.