Mega Projects On Fast Track

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today reviewed progress of as many as 28 mega investment projects in State.

Prime Ministers Office(PMO) Joint Secretary,  Subha Kumari and Director PMO, SD Sharma also participated in the review in a bid to expedite the implementation of these investment projects.

After reviewing ground situation of individual projects, the Chief Secretary set mile stones and timelines for various operations of each project, said official sources.

Mr.Padhi later told Media that mainly the railways, National Highways and coal mine projects were reviewed at the routine bi-monthly meeting.

“The implementation issues raised by project developers are discussed and resolved at these meetings. In todays’ meeting several issues, resolved earlier, were removed from the website and new issues were taken up. Time line was set for each pahse of the work,” he said. 

The review was held in two sessions, said the sources. 
In the first session a total of 13 railways, National Highway and irrigation projects were discussed.

The major projects railway projects reviewed included Khordha-Bolangir new broad gauge railway with project cost of Rs.3550 crs, doubling of Sambalpur-Bamur railway line with project cost of Rs1111 cr , doubling of Sambalpur- Titilagarh railway with project cost of Rs1078 cr., Haridaspur-Paradeep rail link project involving investment of around Rs.1000 cr , Talcher-Bimilagarh new rail line ( 154 kms)  project with estimated cost of Rs.810 cr and  Angul-Sukinda new rail line project ( 98.7 Km) with estimated cost of Rs. 638.5 crore, the sources said.  
Mr.Padhi advised the East Coast Railways to update the implementation status of the projects in CCI PMG website and remove the old issues which have since been resolved.

The National Highway projects reviewed included Tileibani-Sambalpur section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs.752 crore, Binhjabahal-Teleibani section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs.1057 crore, Baharagora-Singara section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs 734 crore, six- laning of Bhubnaneswar-Chandikhol section of NH-5 with estimated cost of Rs1047 crore, Singara-Binjabahal section  of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs 1082.36 crore,  Biramitrapur-Barkot highway project with an estimated cost of Rs.778.15 crore,  Chandikhol-Duburi-Talcher NH with estimated cost of Rs.996 crore,  Angul-Sambalpur Toll road project involving investment of Rs 1220 crore, Cuttack-Angul toll way project with estimated cost of Rs.1123.69 crore and construction of bypass link in Panikoili-Rimuli NH ( 106 kms) with project cost of Rs.1410 crore.

Progress regarding Rengali Irrigation Project comprising of left bank and right bank was also reviewed in the meeting, the sources added.

In the second session, the progress of around 15 coal and power projects including coal mining projects of MCL, Hingula OCP, Jharsuguda-Barpali coal transportation railway line, Hingula OCP, Kaniha OCP, Ananta extension OCP, Orient OCP, Orient underground mines, Talcher Super Thermal Power Project, OPGC expansion project at Ib Thermal, Darlipali STPP, Lanco Babandh Power ltd, Odisha Ultra Mega Power Project and Technical Ammonium Nitrate project at Paradeep were discussed, the sources added.

The issues relating to rehabilitation, disbursement of compensation, shifting of utilities, compliance to forest diversion proposals, forest clearance, evacuation of encroachment from acquired land, tree cutting permission, DGPS survey, compensatory afforestation etc were discussed and resolved, they added.

After reviewing ground situation of individual projects, Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi set mile stones and timelines for various operations of each project.            
Notably, e-PMS, an online project monitoring system, has been put in place by the Union government to monitor the projects involving investment between Rs.100 crore to Rs.1000 crore.

The system tracks and facilitates the progress of the projects. It includes facilities for online submission of projects, editing and updating of the projects, reviewing the projects and submission of details relating to bottlenecks, if any.

The system has been made investor friendly and it automatically eliminates duplications and inconsistencies.  Any private entrepreneur or any Department or Ministry willing to start a project can click on http// or http//  to get their login credentials.

Principal Secretary Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra,  Principal Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Works Nalini Kanta Prdhan,  Special Secretary and Commissioner Railway Coordination Manoj Kumar Mishra, CMD IDCO Sanjay Kumar Singh, Secretary Energy, CMD GRIDCO & OPTECL, Hemant Sharma, Member Secretary, Odisha State Pollution Control Board Debidatta Biswal,  Secretaries and senior officers of respective departments along with project developers participated in discussions.   

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