Large Investment Projects in Odisha put to Fast Track

Chief Secretary directed to keep up constant monitoring at ground level

Bhubaneswar: October 16: The Implementation of large investment projects in the State has been put to fast track with resolution of the impending issues and removal of the ground level bottlenecks. This was known from the review taken by Project Monitoring Group of Prime Ministers’ Office held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today. Reviewing the project wise progress Chief Secretary Padhi directed the concerned department and project proponents to keep up constant monitoring at the execution level for completion of the projects within scheduled limits.

The Joint Secretary, Prime Ministers’ Office Smt Subha Kumari and Director, Prime Minister’s Office S.D. Sharma joined the meeting in this joint venture for expeditious implementation of various investment projects.  The Principal Secretary PPP and State PMG Pradeep Kumar Jena outlined the issues flagged by project proponents for discussion in the meeting.

In replying to a media query after the meeting, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi said, “in meeting today we   reviewed 28 numbers of projects. Mainly the railways, National High Ways and Coal mine projects were reviewed. Sri Padhi further said, “This meeting is held regularly in each two months. The implementation issues raised by project developers are discussed and resolved. Today’s review show that the projects are on the time line and the issues raised by some project implanting agencies have been resolved completely”.

The review was held in 2 sessions in morning and afternoon.  In the 1st session a total of 16 Railways,  and National Highway projects were looked in. The major railway projects reviewed included Khordha-Bolangir new broad gauge railway with project cost of Rs.3550 crs, doubling of Sambalpur-Bamur line with project cost of Rs1111 cr , Haridaspur-Paradeep new line with project cost of Rs.1000 cr,  Talcher-Bimilagarh new line with estimated cost of Rs.810.78 cr and  Angul-Sukinda new line project with estimated cost of Rs. 638.5 cr.

The National High way projects reviewed  included 6-laning of Chandikhol-Jagatpur-Bhubaneswar section of NH-5 with estimated coast of Rs.1047 cr. Balasore-Jharpokharia NH with project cost of around Rs.700 cr,  Teleibani-Sambalpur section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs.752 Cr., Binhjabahal-Teleibani section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs.1057 cr., Baharagora-Singara section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs.734 cr., Singara-Binjabahal section  of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs.1082.36 cr, ,  Biramitrapur-Barkot highway project with estimated cost of Rs.778.15 cr,  Chandikhol-Duburi-Talcher NH with estimated cost of Rs.996 cr,  Angul-Sambalpur Toll road project involving investment of Rs. 1220 cr., Panikoili-Rimuli NH  with project cost of Rs.1410 cr.

In the 2nd session, the progress of around 11 coal and power projects including Rengali Irrigation Project was reviewed. The major projects were Rengali Irrigation Project, coal mining projects of MCL like Bhubaneswari OCP, Balaram OCP, Siarmala OCP. Samaleswari OCP,  Kaniha OCP, Garjanbahal OCP, Orient UG block-1, 2, 3 & 4, OGPTL power Tarnsmission Line, Darlipali STPP and  Lanco Babandh Power ltd.

The principal issues raised by project proponents in the projects namely Samaleswari OCP, Garjanbahal OCP, Orient UG Block-1, 2 , 3 and  Block-4  and Siaramala OCP were found resolved in the review.

The issues relating to rehabilitation, disbursement of compensation, shifting of utilities, compliance to forest diversion proposals, forest clearance, holding of Gram Sabha, issue of FRA certificate, tree cutting permission, DGPS survey, compensatory afforestation etc were discussed and resolved.

It may be pertinent to mention here that e-PMS, an online project monitoring system has been put in place by Govt. of India to monitor the investment projects.  The system tracks and facilitates the progress of the projects.  The system includes facilities for online submission of projects, editing and updating of the projects, reviewing the projects and submission of details relating to bottlenecks, if any.  The system has been made investor friendly and it automatically eliminates duplications and inconsistencies.  Any private entrepreneur or any Department or Ministry willing to start a project can click on http//cabsec.gov.in or http//cadsec.nic.in.  to get their login credentials.

Joint Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office Smt Subha Kumari, Director Prime Ministers’ Officer Sri S.D.Sharma,   Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Sri Suresh Chnadra Mohapatra,  Principal Secretary Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Dr C.S.Kumar, Secretray Energy Sri Hemant Kumar Sharma ,  Special Secretary and Commissioner Railway Coordination Sri Manoj Kumar Mishra, Member Odisha State Pollution Control Board Sri Debidatta Biswal,  Secretaries and senior officers of respective departments along with project developers participated in discussions.

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