The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to provide Rs 150 crore additional loan assistance to the Orissa government for completion of the Rengali Left Bank Canal.
JICA has already sanctioned Rs 474 crore for the project. Out of the total length of 141 km, the work on 71 km could be completed with Rs 150-crore assistance from the bank.
The 71 km canal could provide irrigation facilities to 29,000 ha, however, work has been completed only on a portion of it which can irrigate 16,000 ha.
The entire project is expected to irrigate 1,14,000 ha when fully completed.