889 secondary schools in the districts of Angul, Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh districts will be developed with the support of Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC). An estimated amount of Rs. 533.40 cr. will be spent on this project.
Board of Directors meeting held under the chairmanship of Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, approved the proposal for the development of secondary schools, presented by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OMBADC Smt Uma Nanduri.
Giving nod to the projects, Odisha Chief Secretary Mahapatra directed to provide global level education and exposure to the students under secondary school development programme. Sri Mahapatra said since the smart class room, e-library, science lab, ICT lab would be developed through the new project, the teachers must focus on providing best education to the students with global exposure.
Such facilities, added Sri Mahapatra “should enable our children to compete with any one at national and global level”. He also emphasized on development of the play ground and joyful ambiance and a learning eco-system.
The proposal for development of multipurpose indoor stadiums estimated at a total of Rs.104.15 cr for eleven ULBs in mining affected districts were also sanctioned in the meeting. These included nine municipalities namely Belpahar, Brajrajnagar, Anandpur, Barbil, Birmitrapur, Rajganjpur, Rourkela, Joda and Vyasnagar Municipality; and, two NACs namely Champua and Udala.
The project on application of ICT and data science for development of the environmental information system in the mining areas of Odisha estimated at Rs.3.10 cr was also sanctioned in the meeting.
In total, projects of worth 640.65 cr was approved today under OMBADC.
The project envisages development of a comprehensive data base on periodic environmental data collected from mines through different statutory returns, clearances and compliances.
CEO Smt Nanduri appraised that the data generated should be used in curtailing of pollution and decision-making activities regarding mining operation.
Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Sisir Kumar Ratho, Principal Secretary Finance Sri Vishal Kumar Dev, Principal Secretary School and Mass Education Satyabrata Sahu, Member Secretary Odisha Pollution Control Board Dr K. Murugesan, Secretary Sports and youth affairs, Vineel Krishna along with other members of the board of directors participated in the discussions. CEO, OMBADC Smt Uma Nanduri presented the technical, financial and executive details of the projects.