Mega Lift Scheme

The Mega Lift Scheme started by Odisha State Government (Department of Water and Resources) for providing water resources to the farmer. Introduction of the mega lift scheme is done during the Annual Plan 2011-12, the latter being implemented by the Office of the Chief Engineer, Minor Irrigation. The basic objective of the scheme is to provide irrigation to farmers in the upland areas by lifting water from rivers and reservoirs. The scheme envisages lifting of water mostly from surface water sources to a delivery chamber at a higher elevation and providing irrigation to the command below through pipes under gravity. While implementation of scheme no need of forest cutting means negligible forest clearance another thing is while constructing mega lift scheme no need to use resources means cost on construction is extremely low because no massive structures like Cross Drainage (CD), Head Regulation (HR), Village Road Brigade (VRB) and Fall are required to  construct. Hence the cost of construction is drastically reduced

Benefits of Mega Lift Scheme:

  • Mega Lift Scheme provides benefits in the form of irrigation facility and water to land and much more. Benefits are mentioned below
  • Under this scheme, water will be delivered to farmer in very short period of time
  • No hue and cry from reservoir-induced seismicity and waterlogging
  • No land acquisition for distribution system of water
  • Negligible forest clearance
  • Enough water supply will be provided to farmers so that farmers will be able to more crop and strengthen themselves

Required eligibility and conditions for applying Mega Lift Scheme:

  1. There is no particular requirement for getting benefits of scheme in fact farmers and sharecroppers in the command area of the mega lift scheme benefit from the programme

Application procedure and documents required for applying Mega Lift Scheme:

  1. The farmer need not need to apply for this scheme individually because this scheme was launched during the financial year 2011-12. Initially, 174 sites in 15 clusters had been identified in Vansadhara, Indrāvati, Tel, Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Budhabalanga rivers and in the periphery of Hirakud and Rengali reservoirs to provide irrigation to 2,14,270 hectares of land. The projects are being implemented through Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract mode. A State Level Monitoring Committee was held on 13th March 2012 under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha to implement the Mega lift Irrigation Project

Contact Details:

  1. Panchayat Samiti
  2. Gram Panchayat
  3. Contact: Chief Engineer, Mega lift Projects, Department of Water Resources, Government of Odisha; Email:

References & details:

  1. For more details regarding documents and other help please visit official website:


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