Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 20:
Achievements in implementation of National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) in Odisha has been lauded by the Implementation Support Review (ISR) Mission of the World Bank.
“We are very much pleased to see the progress of work at the field level and we want to thank OSDMA for their targeted efforts” opined team leader Alok Patnaik of the Implementation Support Review (ISR) Mission at a wrap meeting chaired by chief secretary JK Mohapatra here at the State Secretariat. Patnaik made the statement after field visits to various cyclone shelter projects in the state, said an official release.
Reviewing the progress, the chief secretary directed OSDMA to focus on quality management while directing them to designate one engineer as the Quality Coordinator who will follow up the suggestions of third party quality monitor, and will ensure the compliance of suggestions.
Power connection will be provided to multipurpose cyclone shelters since they will be used in normal times for community purposes said principal secretary Energy PK Jena, present in the meeting.
The ISR Mission team consisting of seven members made field visits to different project sites from May 12 to May 15. The team also reviewed the procurement process and financial management process of OSDMA, the release said.
The team visited the projects sites in Rajnagar-Gopalpur embankment, Chasisabha Saline embankment and Pitapat cyclone shelter and approach road inr Kendrapara district, Paradeepgarh godown, Badabandha cyclone shelter, Patua- Gadaharishpur saline embankment, Shadabedi cyclone shelter in Jagatsingpur district, Sukapokhari Jalaswarpada cyclone shelter, Keutajunga approach road, and Keutajunga saline embankment in Puri district.
A total number of 154 projects have been sanctioned and taken up under the project out of which 60 projects have already been completed, 24 are in finishing stage and the balance are in different stages of completion.
Development Commissioner Injeti Srinivas, additional chief secretary Finance U N Behera, principal secretary Water Resources S C Mohapatra along with other senior experts, third party quality managers and engineers attended the meeting.