Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 1:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today emphasized improvement in the drinking water supply system in the urban areas of the state.
Chairing a review meeting of the Housing & Urban Development department at the state secretariat here, the Chief Minister directed the department to develop drinking water supply infrastructure in urban areas and boost supplies.
Patnaik further directed the department to revamp/change old supply networks in a time-bound manner keeping in mind possible contamination of drinking water.
Similarly, throwing light on the state government’s highly ambitious programme for providing houses to all, the Chief Minister stressed on finalizing a housing policy for the state.
Keeping in mind protection of interest of slum dwellers in the state, the Chief Minister stressed on comprehensive development of slums. He advised the department to study the processes adopted by other states in this regard and implement it in the state after making necessary modifications as per local needs.
While expressing his satisfaction over the progress made in the implementation of special packages announced for different municipal bodies of the state, the Chief Minister directed early introduction of municipal cadre in the state.
Since 22 services for residents in municipal areas have been included under the Odisha Right to Public Services Act, the Chief Minister suggested third-party supervision of these services.
During the course of the meeting, Puspendra Singhdeo, Minister Housing and Urban Development revealed that Odisha Urban Livelihood Mission will be started in 78 towns of the state using funds from the state revenue.
Apart from this construction of 63 km of ring road, development of railway station and implementation of river front project in River Kuakhai and River Daya will be undertaken in Bhubaneswar, he informed.