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JICA project progress 42% so far in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 28: The JICA-assisted Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project works in the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have been fastened within last three months, taking the achievement up to 42 percent in physical progress of the project, claimed the State Government on Friday.

The progress was achieved following the orders of the Chief Secretary issued earlier.

A review of the project was held at a high-level steering committee meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here on the day. Padhi directed the executing agencies to complete the ongoing drains and sewerage points before digging new areas. The department was also directed to have close micro level monitoring of the physical progress and ensure that the money spent yields highest result in terms of the core works of the project.

The project includes 632 km of sewer network (252 km in Bhubaneswar and 380 km in Cuttack), 26 sewerage treatment plants and 48 pumping stations in the twin city. The project cost has been estimated at Rs 2,974 crore, out of which the State Government provides Rs 594 crore and the JICA loan component is around Rs 2,380 crore.

The project has been divided into four broad packages. By September-end this year, the overall physical progress achievement in all four packages has been around 42 per cent against the overall cumulative progress of 32 per cent up to June 2016.

The Chief Secretary wanted to strengthen the monitoring activities at the ground level and scale up the performances in coming months. A target was set to commission various packages of the project in different phases from December 2017 to June 2018.  

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