Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited Bindusagar lake rejuvenation project was launched today in Bhubaneswar.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the project virtually at a programme attended by Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Patnaik extended his gratitude to Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, IOCL Chairman and Institute of Chemical Technology’s VC for their cooperation for cleaning of the holy Bindusagar lake under 5T programme of Odisha Government.
“Ekamra Kshetra Yojana is functional under 5T programme in Odisha. The Bindusagar lake cleaning initiative is a part of the project under the programme to keep the most sacred lake clean. I am thankful to the union minister and Institute of Chemical Technology for their support to the project,” Patnaik said in his address.
“Since the lake is connected with people’s cultural and traditional values and it symbolizes the national integration, collective effort should be made to maintain its sanctity,” he said hinting at water scarcity, which will be a big challenge for all in future.
Apart from Bindusagar lake, he stressed on renovation of all ponds and lakes at Ekamra Kshetra for future purpose saying, “Clean water is key step to prosperous life.”.
He said that Bhubaneswar – the temple city – is a gift of Lord Lingaraj and it is everyone’s duty to keep it clean.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the Archaeological Survey of India will provide its complete cooperation to expedite the Ekamra Yojana.
“We all need to work together to take rich heritage of Odisha on world stage,” Pradhan said.
Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi, Rajya Sabha member Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra, Odisha Works Minister Prafulla Mallick and Odisha Culture & Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda were present at the launching event.
It is pertinent to mention that Bindusagar lake cleaning project will be carried out at estimated cost of Rs 70 lakh under CSR programme of country’s commercial oil major Indian Oil.