Bhubaneswar, Oct 4 (UNI) The Orissa government today decided to spend Rs 100 crore in the next two years to convert 60,000 hectares of waterlogged land lying in various coastal districts of the state into cultivable land.
The decision was taken at a high level meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The meeting decided to reclaim the land by draining out water from the waterlogged areas to make it fit for cultivation.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to coordinate with various departments and take up the work in a planned manner.
According to official sources, out of the total 2.17 lakh hectares of waterlogged land, 1.90 lakh lakh hectare of land could be made cultivable. Out of these 60,000 hectares of land would be made cultivable in the next two years, sources said.