Bhubaneswar: In its attempt to fast-track the JICA-assisted Orissa Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (OISIP), the state government has decided to complete the sewerage project being implemented in twin city by December 2018.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here Thursday. During last eight months, 55 per cent of the work has been completed. Taking into account the zone wise progress, it was decided to commission the Zone-1 part of the project in Bhubaneswar within December 2017, official sources said.
Padhi directed the department and the project authorities to expeditiously clear the interdepartmental issues for carrying forward the field level work without any halt.
The issues regarding use of railway and national highway land for the project were discussed and resolved at the meeting.
The matters relating to issue of no objection certificate from railways and national highway authorities for construction of pumping station at Khannagar of Cuttack, laying of pipeline from OMP square to Malgodown Road, crossing of the NH at required points, among others, were discussed in detail with senior officers of railway and national highway authorities and necessary solutions were arrived at.
The projects being executed with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assistance include 632 km of sewer network (252 km in Bhubaneswar and 380 km in Cuttack), three sewerage treatment plants (2 in Cuttack and 1 in Bhubaneswar), 48 pumping stations and seven sluice gates in the twin city. Along with that Cuttack will have 23,043 metres of drainage under this project.
The project cost has been estimated around Rs 2,974 crore of which the state government provides Rs 594 crore while JICA loan component is around Rs 2,380crore.
The officials said GIS-based data about the sewerage and water supply network in the twin city has been developed. It will help all households to know the exact position of sewerage and waterline from their houses and plan their own connections accordingly.
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