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UNNATI launched to transform urban Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 3: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched UNNATI, a new initiative of the State Government, which aims at transformation of cities and towns into thriving urban areas.

“The programme will accelerate implementation of civic amenities across all 107 municipalities and NACs of our state. The cities and towns will have 100% water supply and LED street lighting in all streets and wards,” said Chief Minister in a function in the State Secretariat.

He said that the LED street lighting project will go underway across all urban local bodies in the state very soon. “This will be a milestone in sustainable urban development by saving both energy and costs,” said Patnaik.

Maintaining that his Government has attached high priority to urban development, Patnaik said budget provisioning has grown 16 times since 2000-01 and due to our pro-people initiatives, the Government ensured sharpest decline in urban poverty from 37.6% in 2004-05 to 17.3% in 2011-12.

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