Japan is providing ODA (Official Development Assistance) loan to developing countries at low rates of interest and with long repayment period to develop and improve the economic and social infrastructure for sustainable economic development. Overseas Economic Cooperation Operations of Japan are in charge of the major part of ODA loans. So far three (3) Major Projects namely Upper Indravati Left Canal System (RD 15.00 to 52.00 Km.), Upper Kolab irrigation Project (Jeypore canal system RD14.00 to 41.78 Km) & Rengali Left Bank Canal (RD 29.177 to 123.50 km.) have been sanctioned under this scheme. Out of three sanctioned projects, two projects namely Upper Indravati left canal system (RD 15.00 to 52.00 Km) and Upper Kolab (Jeypore canal system RD 14.00 Km to 41.78 Km) have been completed and Irrigation to 60.75 thousand hectare has been provided (Upper Indravati – 43.25 th. ha., Upper Kolab-17.50 th. ha). At present Rengali Left bank Canal in process.
The Left Bank Canal of Rengali Irrigation Project is 141 km long and designed to provide irrigation to 1,14,300 hectare in Angul, Dhenkanal & Jajpur districts. Due to funds constraints, the canal excavation work has been started in phased manner. During 1995-96, a part of Left Bank Canal from RD 0 to RD 29.177 km to provide irrigation to 8,483 hectares was taken up through WRCP scheme funded by World Bank. This work was completed during 2004-05. Thereafter, in 1997-98, another portion of Left Bank Canal from RD 29.177 km to RD 71.313 (LBC-II, Phase-I) to provide irrigation to 29,178 hectares was taken up through Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) funding.