Funds For Road Safety

The State Government has provided Rs 79 crore to State Road Safety Fund during the last three years, said State Commerce and Transport Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu.

Addressing media persons after the Department’s progress was reviewed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today,  Mr.Sahu said ‘Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana; which was started in the year 2013-14 till now has covered 6,689 gram panchayats. “Presently, OSRTC is plying 95 buses in 73 routes in LWE districts. Further, 100 buses have been procured by OSRTC to strengthen the fleet”, he said. G Srinivas, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport was present in the meeting.
Mr.Sahu said, all districts in Odisha have railway connectivity except six unconnected ones. “Nayagarh district has been connected in the year 2017. Kendrapada district will be connected with rail by the end of June, 2019”, the Minister informed. He added in order to extend connectivity to other five districts, the State government is providing land free of cost along with financial support. Sahu said in order to establish an Electric Loco Workshop at Kalahandi, free land is being provided by the State government. “With these efforts all the districts of the State will have rail connectivity soon”, he said.
The Minister said steps are taken to expand ports in the State on PPP mode. “The Dhamra Port second phase expansion is under progress and when completed it will handle cargo of 334 MMT, thus making it one of the largest ports in India”, he said, adding Gopalpur Port though commissioned in 2013 was stopped due to the damage caused by Cyclone Phailin. “The recommission and expansion work is being undertaken at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore and will be completed by June 2019”, Sahu said. He added that steps are being taken to expedite and commission the Mahanadi Riverine Port and Subarnarekha Port. The Minister said ‘Sahid Baji Rout Naujatra Suraksha Yojana’ has been implemented to provide life support. Under this scheme, life boats are distributed in Khurda, Puri and Cuttack districts. “In order to reward Good Samaritans, a ‘Good Samaritan Policy’ has been implemented in the State”, he said. 
In order to ensure seamless flow of vehicles, all border check gates have been abolished in the State. One Heavy Motor Vehicle Driving Training Institute has been established at Chhatia in Jajpur district with the aim to create efficient HMV drivers.  Two other institutions are under construction stage at Keonjhar and Berhampur. In order to enhance revenue collection, Odisha Motor Vehicles Taxation Act has been amended which came into effect on November 21, 2017. With this amendment, revenue collection during 2017-18 has been remarkably enhanced to Rs 1,544.59 crore against the target of Rs 1,350.00 crore. To grant driving license and fitness certificate, automatic driving testing track and inspection and certification centres in all districts are being developed so as to use technology and offer better service delivery to citizen, said the Minister.

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