Koraput: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a slew of development projects during his one-day visit to Koraput Tuesday.
The Chief Minister dedicated the much-awaited Telengiri irrigation project to the people through a video conference while attending a youth conclave organised by Biju Yuva Vahini at Bankobija in Jeypore.
The Telengiri irrigation project, built at a cost Rs 992.85 crore, has an irrigation potential of 9,952 hectare in Jeypore and Borigumma blocks of the district. Farmers of 52 villages will benefit from the project.
The CM inaugurated 30 other development projects in the district despite protests by BJP and Congress workers.
The projects are anganwadis, lift irrigation projects, drinking water projects, bridges, hostels in SC/ST schools and electricity substations among others.
The Chief Minister also distributed benefits under various government programmes for construction workers, slum-dwellers and pensioners.
Earlier, Patnaik inaugurated 12 development projects worth around Rs 19 crore, and laid foundation stones for 16 other projects involving an outlay of Rs 1,097 crore in Nabarangpur district.
Around 30,000 workers of the BJD’s youth wing took part in the conclave. Speaking on the occasion Patnaik said, “The government is committed to the development of KBK region.”
Singer Sonu Nigam and his team entertained the audience in the evening.
The police arrested several Congress and BJP leaders for attempting to wave black flags at the Chief Minister.