Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 27:
Just two days after the Odisha government held three high level review meetings on a single day to finally show some sense of urgency about preparedness for the mega Nabakalebara Yatra of Lord Jagannath to be held this July, chairman of Nabakalebara Infrastructure Supervision Committee (NISC) and local MLA Maheswar Mohanty today put officials of four departments on notice to complete civil works by March end.
Mohanty directed concerned officials to complete all earth digging works connected with repair and renovation of drainage, sewerage, piped water supply and laying of underground electric cables of OPTCL by March 31, after which repair and construction of roads will be undertaken by the Works department.
“I have directed the four departments of sewerage, drainage, PHED and OPTCL to complete their earth digging works by March 31. After this time, no digging will be allowed as Works department and municipal authorities will be carrying out road construction works. These departments have to submit a list to the Works department and the municipal authorities in this regard. No major roads will be allowed to be touched by these departments after March 31,” said Mohanty after the meeting. He however, said that these departments can undertake their jobs maximum up to April month provided their work doesn’t damage roads.
Lack of coordination between different departments has been the prime cause for the tardy progress made in the infrastructure development works in Puri town. Keeping this in mind, Puri collector Arvind Agarwal has directed departmental officers to complete their respective works by March 31 failing which they will be made accountable.
“Digging of earth for undertaking works will not be allowed from April onwards. Overall, there is coordination between all departments. Yes, there were some problems with some departments and works were affected, but now it has been solved. We are hopeful of completing all works by the deadline,”, said Arvind Agarwall, collector Puri after the meeting.