Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday that the state has huge potential in irrigation and hydropower and the state government will continue to invest in the Water Resources Department Projects.
The CM called upon the new batch of assistant executive engineers to keep themselves abreast of the new technologies in the field of water resources.
Orientation programme for introducing new technologies in the Water Resources Department Projects
Addressing the orientation programme for 275 graduate engineers, who joined the state water resources department as assistant executive engineers, Naveen exhorted them to keep themselves abreast of the new technologies in the field of water resources. He said, “Technology is changing rapidly and it is important that all of you update yourself with the latest trends in your field. I am sure all of you will work hard and with dedication and sincerity towards the development of the state.”
“Odisha is predominantly an agrarian state. Irrigation is a vital parameter of the prosperity of agriculture and our farmers. We have been making huge investments in the irrigation sector over the years,” said the chief minister.
Water Resources Department Projects: Odisha’s huge potential in irrigation and hydropower
Stating that Odisha has a huge potential in irrigation and hydropower, Naveen said the government will continue to invest in water resources development and they will have a prominent role to play in the coming years.
The chief minister said 10 major dam projects, 50 medium dam projects and more than 2500 minor dam projects are currently operational in the state. Work on major dams like Lower Suktel, Deo, Kanupur, Subarnarekha are on and will be completed soon.
Several batches of assistant executive engineers to be oriented
This is the second batch of assistant executive engineers comprising 183 male and 92 female engineers. As many as 242 of them are in the Civil Engineering stream and 33 in Mechanical.
Water Resources Minister Shri Raghunandan Das, chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, principal secretary, Water Resources department Anu Garg and other senior officers attended the programme. Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian spoke on the importance and various factors of the 5T Initiative.