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Central team lauds Odisha for speedy execution of projects


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 20:

A Central team under the leadership of additional secretary in the Union Cabinet secretariat Anil Swarup has praised the positive approach and expeditious steps taken up by Odisha government in the implementation of large projects in the coal, railway, steel and power sectors.

Briefing newsmen after a review meeting on various ongoing projects with senior officials of the state government at the State Secretariat here on Friday, Swarup said “The review was essentially meant to facilitate and first track ongoing projects. I am happy that the state government has exhibited a proactive approach for successful implementation of the projects”.

Presiding over the meeting, chief secretary JK Mohapatra said the exercise had spread optimism all around.

He called upon all the department authorities and project implementing agencies to make use of this collaborative effort and remove all smalland big bottlenecks in the way of implementation of the projects.

Around 44 projects in the aforesaid sectors were reviewed in the meeting. Issues relating to forest clearance, land acquisition, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) survey, Forest Rights Act (FRA), Primitive Tribal Group (PTG) certificates, overlapping coal block areas, utilization of low grade ore by domestic industries, evacuation of surplus power generated within Odisha were discussed and sorted out at the meeting.

The Central team advised the implementing agencies to upload their requests, requirements and views on the website so that matters can be taken up with concerned ministries for early resolution.
The chief secretary directed that project implementing agencies should expedite the DGPS survey by engaging empanelled expert agencies of Odisha Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC).

He also asked for insertion of geo-referenced boundary pillars of DGPS in the mining map to avoid any possible overlapping in future and asked the principal secretary, Forest and Environment RK Sharma to issue clear cut guidelines in this direction within a week.

It was revealed that matters relating to forest and environmental clearances have been accomplished within the time lines.

Among others, development commissioner Injeti Srinivas, additional chief secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Taradatt, secretary, Energy and I&PR PK Jena, secretary, Steels and Mines G Srinivas, IDCO CMD Vishal Dev, OMC MD Saswat Mishra along with secretaries and senior officials of the State and Central government were present at the meeting.