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Big Projects On Fast Track

Big-ticket investment projects monitored under Cabinet Committee Investment Project Monitoring Group (CCI PMG) of the Union Government have made significant progress in the State.

This was revealed during the CCI PMG meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra here on Friday.

The committee reviewed the progress of 26 major projects from different sectors envisaging total investment of around Rs 73,531 crore.

These included 17 railway projects worth Rs 22,027 crore, two power projects worth Rs 14,944 crore, two oil and gas projects worth Rs 18,858 crore, two roads and highways projects of Rs 2,302 crore, one coal mine project of Rs 9,897 crore and two cement industry projects worth Rs 4,500 crore.

Around 71 issues relating to forest clearance, distribution of compensatory awards, forest diversion, issue of the right of way certificate, advance possession of land, shifting of the utilities, wildlife clearance etc were discussed and resolved.

Considering various dimensions of the issues, Mr.Mahapatra issued necessary instructions for their resolution.

He also set timelines for the completion of different tasks by concerned departments and agencies.

District administrations of the concerned districts were asked to extend proactive support for the timely implementation of the projects.

Principal Secretary Industry Hemant Kumar Sharma said as of now all major issues raised by project developers have been attended and projects have been put on track.

He asked the project proponents to update the project status in the CCI PMG website regularly so that the newly emerging issues could be attended to as and when they emerged.

Additional Secretary Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Sunita Dawra said that this joint exercise was very helpful for industrial promotion.

She appreciated the prompt steps taken by the Government of Odisha for early resolution of the issues that were flagged by the project developers.

The Chief Secretary directed the project proponents to expedite implementation as per the decided timelines.

Among others, Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena, Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Commerce and Transport Madhusudan Padhi, Commissioner Railway Coordination Manoj Kumar Mishra, MD IPICOL Bhupinder Singh Poonia along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, senior officers from concerned departments and project proponents participated in the discussion.

The collectors and district officials presented the field updates in the meeting through video conferencing.