With the monsoon remaining active all over the State and water level in all reservoirs in comfortable position, the State Government has surrendered nearly 200 MW of power to the Central pool to sa

Since it would take about five to six years to develop the projects

The state grid network will add about 1,500 Mw from hydro power generating plants by 2020, said the water resources department."We have 10 projects under pipeline with a combined capacity close to 1,500 Mw and the DPRs (detailed project report) will be completed by December 2012. We hope the energy department would award the contracts within one year (after the DPR submission)”, said Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, state water resources secretary, while speaking at a workshop on “Development of Grid Connected Small/Mini/Micro Hydro Projects” here.

Maintaining that the Polavaram multi-purpose project is of no good for Odisha, the state government today said it did not require water from the dam over river Godavari as offered by neighbouring A

The deficit rainfall has resulted in delayed planting of several kharif crops, including paddy in Koraput district.

JEYPORE: The primary objective of the pani panchayats - to ensure functioning of the irrigation system - has virtually been defeated. Non-delegation of powers to the distributary committee and the core Dhanpur distributary committee by the Upper Kolab Irrigation Department officials has sealed the fate of farmers who dreamt of better irrigation facilities in command areas.

Life is grim for the tribals living in the reserve forest areas of the country, who face pressure from corrupt officials on one hand, and the environment lobby on the other.

JEYPORE: Shortage of water has forced the farmers, dependent on Upper Kolab Project (UKP) for irrigating their fields, to either stop or go slow with the harvesting process.

Analysis of water balance for Upper Kolab catchment was done according to Thornthwaite book keeping technique for six stations located within the catchment and for the entire catchment for the normal climatic year. On annual basis the catchment has a water need, rainfall, actual evapotranspiration, water surplus and water deficit of 1703.7 mm, 1479.82 mm, 1003.13 mm, 476.69 mm and 700.56 mm respectively. There is a water surplus from July to October and water deficit from November to May. The surplus months of June and part of July contribute to recharge the soil moisture deficit.