PMO Monitors Odisha Projects

The Project Monitoring Group of Prime Minister’s Office today reviewed the progress of Cabinet Committee Investment Projects in State in the presence of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and other State government functionaries.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Joint Secretary PMO Subhra Kumari, Director SD Sharma and other senior officials attended the meeting.
Giving an account of the developments taking place in the State for these projects, Principal Secretary Project Monitoring Cell Pradeep Jena said implementation of all these projects has been hastened.
Problems relating to land acquisition and removal of encroachments for road and railway infrastructure projects have been sorted out, he added.
 Mr.Padhi directed official to ensure completion of the Haridaspur-Paradip railway track project and to make it fully operational by March next year.He also suggested inclusion of the next phase of Rengali irrigation project expansion under Prime Minister Krishi Sichai Yojna.
 Issues related to handing over of the acquired land, development of rehabilitation, colonies, forest and environment clearance, construction of ash ponds, supply of water and electricity,  and taking necessary technical steps to control pollution and
 The review was held in two sessions during which as many as 33 projects were taken up, the sources added.
 Among the railway projects, the meeting discussed about 17 major projects including the Rs 1111 crore Sambalpur-Bamur doubling of rail track, Rs 1000 crore Haridaspur-Paradip project, Rs 811 crore Talcher-Bimlagarh and Rs 638 crore Angul-Sukinda project, the sources added.
 The meeting also reviewed several road projects, including four laning of Balasore-Jharpokharia National Highway-5, six laning of Bhuhaneswar-Jagatpur- Chandikhole stretch of NH-5, Biramitrapur-Barkote national Highway stretch, Tileibani-Sambalpur stretch of NH-6, Baharagoda-Singra stretch on NH-6.
 In the afternoon session coal and thermal power plant, fertilizer plants and irrigation projects were reviewed, including Bhubaneswari Open cast project of Mahanadi coal field, Balram-CP, Siarmal-CP and CP- Hingula, CP-Kaniha, Orient Underground mines, the sources added.

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