Bhubaneswar:The state water resources principal secretary, PK Jena, Tuesday said that project “Ground Water Recharge and Solar Pumping System to ensure food security and enhance resilience invulnerable tribal areas of Odisha” involves a financial outlay of US$166.297million including US $34.36 million grant support from GCF. The project will cover 5.20 million people in 15 tribal dominated districts of the state, he added.

Jena, while delivering the keynote address in the state-level Inception Workshop on GCF project, organised by Nabard,  here on Tuesday , said the  major outcome envisaged from this project is augmentation of ground water recharge in 10000 ponds, improved food security through resilient crop planning and integration of Solar pumps for irrigation.

 Nabard chief general manager A Chandrasekhar also addressed the workshop.