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Centre asks Odisha to expedite sanitation projects

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury / Edited by Manoj Mishra 

 

BHUBANESWAR, July 25

Expressing displeasure over the slow progress of sanitation projects, Secretary of the Union Economic Affairs Department Arvind Mayaram today asked the Odisha government to expedite these projects in the state.

“While the progress of some projects is very good, implementation of sanitation projects is moving at a slow pace. The state government has, however, assured us to expedite these projects very soon,” he told reporters after meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.

The Union secretary, who later had a meeting with Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra in this regard, said since the sanitation projects including toilet projects in rural areas are difficult to execute, it was only natural that they would take more time.
Mayaram reviewed about 35 ongoing projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Department for International Development (DFID) etc in the state.

The World Bank funded projects include Odisha Livelihood Project, Odisha Community Tank Management Project, Road and National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP).

Besides, the ADB funded Integrated Irrigation Project (IIP), Integrated Food Project and Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Project of IFAD, Forestry Sector Development, Integrated Sanitation Improvement and Rengali Irrigation Project of JICA, and the DfID funded project on Modernising Economy were also reviewed.