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Rs 187 crore set for urban infra growth in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 30: Urban infrastructure in Odisha would get a massive boost with Rs 187 crore worth projects on piped water and energy efficient lighting, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday. 

Patnaik while laying stones for various projects through videoconferencing at the State Secretariat here, Patnaik said as per his Government’s stated priority to ensuring modern amenities and infrastructure in urban areas, it has initiated a number of projects covering vital sectors like drinking water and lighting.

The CM laid foundation stones for 50 urban piped water supply projects for 26 towns and cities. The projects worth Rs 152 crore involve replacement of old pipelines over 500 km. To be completed by March 2017, the revamped water supply system will not only benefit 13 lakh people but also be a major step towards addressing public health issues. Also launched a project for protection of sweet water fields in Puri from salinity. Protection walls will be constructed to prevent saline intrusion into the sweet water sources, which cater to the drinking water requirement of the pilgrim city.

Street illumination in major cities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur will be converted to smart LED lighting systems on PPP mode, a tripartite agreement for execution of energy efficient LED street lighting projects were signed between the concerned Municipal Corporations, Energy Efficiency Service Limited of Government of India and companies. 

As many as 41,000 street lights will be replaced with LED systems at a cost of Rs 35 crore benefitting 25 lakh people.

Patnaik also launched  "Bhubaneswar One" portal under Bhubaneswar Smart City project which marks another accomplishment to transform the capital city to a world class city. The Web-based GIS Map portal will provide easy access to public services, location-based info on destinations and heritage sites, traffic management and various information.

“As we celebrate Biju Centenary this year, we have made it our mission to fulfil his goal of ensuring proper civic infrastructure and basic amenities in all rural and urban areas,” Patnaik said.

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