Bhubaneswar, Aug 14
With the multi-sectoral approach and strategic pilot interventions undertaken during the implementation of Phase-I of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) in Odisha yielding encouraging results, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has given the go ahead for Phase-II interventions.
This was revealed at a high level meeting presided over by chief secretary JK Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here recently.
Taking stock of preparations for the Phase-II of the ongoing World Bank-assisted ICZM project, the chief secretary asked the concerned departments to formulate their specific project proposals with a realistic and achievable approach in the perspective of sustainability of Phase-I interventions.
Discussions in the meeting revealed that Integrated Coastal Zone Management Society of Odisha has been formed under chairmanship of the chief secretary for smooth functioning of ICZM project in the state. The 5-year project with a budget outlay around Rs 220 crore has been scheduled up to 2014-15.
For implementation of different action plans of the project, ten project executing agencies have been involved. The principal implementing agencies are Fisheries and Animal Husbandry department, MSME department, Odisha Tourism Development Corporation, forest and environment department (Wildlife wing), Chilika Development Authority (CDA), Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), Housing and Urban Development department, Water Resources department, Odisha State Archaeology department and State Project Monitoring Unit, ICZM Project, Odisha.
The major interventions undertaken are strengthening of the Wetland Research & Training Centre at Chilika and protection measures for control of coastal erosion at Pentha in Kendrapada district.
The other interventions include conservation of biodiversity and livelihood security through ecotourism, alternative livelihood for costal fishermen, development of participatory ecotourism at Chilika and Tampara, establishment of a Coastal Mitigation Laboratory at Paradip and a Solid Waste Management Project at Paradip.
The project initiatives also involve construction of multipurpose cyclone centres along the coastlines, conservation and improvement of coastal archaeological and cultural assets, regional coastal process study and a Coir Training-cum-Production Centre along the Chilika coast.
Among others, principal secretary, Forest and Environment, Raj Kumar Sharma, principal secretary, Water Resources, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, secretary, Culture and Tourism Santosh Kumar Sarangi and project director of ICZM Ajit Patnaik were present at the meeting.