Two drinking water projects for Ganjam and Gajapati districts in Odisha have been approved by the state government. These would benefit a total of 1,116 villages (770 in Ganjam and 346 in Gajapati). It is expected that the drinking water project worth Rs 15.10 billion in Ganjam will benefit around 1 million people in 12 blocks. A private company in Chennai has been awarded the contract for the project execution with a target to complete it in two years. According to the Rural Water Supply Department of Odisha, water from the Mahanadi river will be diverted over a distance of 45 km from Gania in Nayagarh district to Rudhapadar in Ganjam’s Jagannath Prasad block. Moreover, a water treatment plant will also be established at Rudhapadar for treating the river water before it is supplied to the rural households. Furthermore, Gajapati project worth Rs 3.79 billion is planned to be implemented under the Jal Jeevan Mission for Mohana and Rayagada blocks. The project would provide 24×7 water supply to around 1.32 lakh people under 37 panchayats.