Bhubaneswar: Nabard has sanctioned RIDF assistance of Rs.388 crore to the Odisha under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up of four Mega Piped Drinking Water Supply Projects (MPDWSP) and 20 village roads in the State.

MPSWSPs are one each in Koraput district (covering Boipariguda block), Balasore district (covering Nilgiri block) and two in Malkangiri district (covering Malkangiri and Kalimela blocks). The construction/upgradation of 20 village roads will be taken up in 15 districts in the State.

The MPDWSPs are intended to provide 70 LPCD clean, safe hygienic portable drinking water at the consumer end through Functional Household Tape Connection (FHTC) with eight hours of water supply in the project area. On completion, these projects are expected to provide clean and safe drinking water to 2.57 lakh rural people in 467 villages and in achieving the goal of supplying drinking water in the State by the year 2022. Further, the road projects are expected to improve the livelihood of 1.52 lakh people in 162 villages.

During the current financial year, critical rural infrastructure projects under drinking water, irrigation and rural connectivity (road and bridge) are being planned to be supported under RIDF-XXVII. The cumulative sanction under RIDF for the current year and sanction since inception of RIDF stand at Rs.691 crore and Rs.28732 crore respectively.