Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 16:
The Odisha government has urged the Centre to release the second instalment of the central share of Rs 255 crore at the earliest for implementation of World Bank backed National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP).
“Against the current year’s provision of Rs 255 crore central share, the state government has received about Rs 155 crore,” Patnaik said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
The chief minister said the state government is implementing the World Bank supported five-year NCRMP project work since 2010-11, which will end in October this year.
But implementation of the scheme is now being held up due to delay in release of Central share. Against the current year’s provision of Rs 255 crore as Central share, the state government has received about Rs 155 crore. Though the state government had received about Rs 40 crore by December, 2014, liabilities in terms of claims of executants have exceeded this amount.
“In view of this, is essential to release the second instalment of Central share without further loss of time to take the project to a logical end within the specified time frame by October this year,” Patnaik noted.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that considering the success of the NCRMP (first phase), the Centre had supported the proposal of the state government amounting to Rs 440 crore under NCRMP-Additional towards construction of 162 cyclone shelters and 100 approach roads with identical terms and conditions.
As the approved programme provided for retroactive funding to the tune of Rs 120 crore, the state government has gone ahead with the implementation. However, the state is yet to receive the Central share of about Rs 90 crore while it has already spent Rs.65.45 crore till end of December, 2014, he noted.
“The implementation is bound to suffer if allocation of Central share is not released urgently,” he said and requested the prime minister to intervene in the matter and take appropriate steps in this regard at the earliest.