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30,000 Disaster Resistant Houses by 2018 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, October 29: Maintaining that Odisha has become a model for others in disaster response and management Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said around 30,000 disaster resistant houses would be set up in disaster prone areas in the State by 2018.

“In the aftermath of the very severe cyclonic storm Phailin last year the Union Government and the World Bank have agreed to finance construction of 30,000 disaster resistant houses from the year 2013 to 2018. Construction of such houses is in progress through the project management unit of OSDMA in Phailin affected districts of Ganjam, Puri and Khordha under Odisha Disaster Recovery Project,” said the Chief Minister on the occasion of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day here. 

The Chief Minister said around 350 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters have already been constructed so far in disaster prone areas while an additional 459 shelter buildings are under construction. Out of which, 256 are from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

“Our preparedness for cyclone Phailin and Hudhud was excellent. This was possible due to proper planning, preparedness and continuous capacity building for last fifteen years. With the creation of Odisha Disaster Management Authority, we have concentrated more in building capabilities, through structural and non- structural interventions, to face disasters,” said the Chief Minister.

He also said that all units of ODRAF and Fire service wing are strengthened with provision of modem equipments and regular trainings. They have proved their effectiveness during Phailin and Hudhud, both in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh while all departments have been asked to integrate disaster resilience features in their ongoing reconstruction programmes. 

He also urged all the stake-holders to create a disaster resilient Odisha.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Bijayashree Routray, Industries S & ME Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, Development Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi and Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra also spoke.

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