Initial green nod to Brutanga irrigation project in Orissa
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 23:37
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 23:37


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