Sanitation Project On Fast Lane

The State Government today set December next year to commission the JICA-assisted Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (OISIP).

According to official sources, a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi decided to commission the Zone-1 part of the project by December this year after taking into account the zone wise progress.
The sources said the project has been hastened to achieve nearly 55 per cent progress in the past eight months following the directive of the Chief Secretary .
The sources said that Secretary Housing & Urban Development G Mathivathanan outlined the issues and the project executing agency presented the updates for discussion. 
Principal Secretary Works Nalini Kanta Pradhan, Special Secretary Commerce & Transport and Railway Commissioner Manoj Kumar Mishra along with senior officers from Railways, NHAI, Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board and JICA Team participated in the review.
The issues regarding use of railway and national highway land for lying of project were discussed and resolved in the meeting, they said.
The matters relating to issue of NOC from Railways and National Highways for construction of pumping station at Khannagar of Cuttack, laying of pipe line from OMP square to malgodwon road, crossing of the NH at required points etc were also discussed in detail with senior officers of railway and national highway authorities  present in the meeting and necessary solutions were arrived at, the sources added.
Mr.Padhi directed the department and the project authorities to expeditiously clear up the interdepartmental issues for carrying forward the field level work without any halt.
Notably, the OISIP, being executed with JICA assistance, includes 632 km sewer network (252 kms of in Bhubaneswar and 380 kms in Cuttack), three sewerage treatment plants ( 2 in Cuttack and 1 in Bhubaneswar) , 48 pumping stations and 7 sluice gates  in the twin city. 
Along with that Cuttack will have 23043 meters of drainage through this project.  The project cost has been estimated around Rs 2974 crore out of which Govt of Odisha provides Rs 594 crore.
The sources said that the achievement in construction of sewerage line varies from 61 to 50 per cent in both the cities while the achievement in construction of sewerage treatment plant and pumping stations has been more than 63 per cent.
Similarly, the drainage works in Cuttack have also been fastened. GIS based data about the sewerage and water supply network in the twin city has been developed.
It will help all households to know the exact position of sewerage and water line from their house and plan their own connections accordingly. 
Since many critical ground level works have been done, engineers expect faster execution of the project in coming months.

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