Bhubaneswar: Eight new projects estimated around Rs 2800 crore have been sanctioned from Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC) funds for nine mineral bearing districts.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi gave nod to these projects while presiding over the Board of Directors Meeting of OMBADC held in the secretariat conference hall today wherein Chief Executive Officer, OMBADC Uma Nanduri presented financial, administrative and technical aspects for consideration.
Reviewing the progress of projects sanctioned earlier, Padhi directed the concerned collectors to complete the housing projects before August 15. The Chief Secretary further directed the State Pollution Control Board to have regular measurement and monitoring of the water and air pollution level in mining areas. The departments were also advised to take up projects for pollution containment.
The newly-sanctioned projects in the meeting included skill development training to ST. SC. OBC youths of the minority community, horticulture activities, mega lift irrigation and strengthening adarsha vidyalayas in all nine districts covered under OMBADC. Apart from these, 12 mega lift irrigation projects for Keonjhar districts, check dam with lift irrigation projects in five districts, construction of ROBs at Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Sundargarh, construction of critical road and bridges for establishing the missing link of connectivity in mining hit areas were also sanctioned in the meeting.
Replying to a media query after the meeting, CEO Nanaduri said that nine districts namely Angul, Dhenkanal, Jaipur, Jharsuguda, Keonthar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada and Sundargarh districts have been brought under the ambit of OMBADC fund. Presently, projects of around Rs 3,517 crore are in different stages of implementation in these districts. With today’s approval, the total cost of the project sanctioned for these districts comes around Rs 6317 crore.