BHUBANESWAR: The Haridaspur-Kendrapara railway line project is likely to completed and made fully operational by March, 2018. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Secretary AP Padhi on Friday. The Project Monitoring Group of Prime Minister's Office reviewed the progress of big infrastructure projects at the meeting.
Giving an account of progress of different infrastructure projects, Principal Secretary of the Project Monitoring Cell Pradeep Jena said, execution of the projects have been expedited by resolving problems relating to land acquisition and removal of encroachments.
It was recommended that the next phase expansion of Rengali irrigation project should be included under Prime Minister Krishi Sinchai Yojana. Issues related to handing over of the acquired land, development of place selected for rehabilitation, construction of colonies for rehabilitated families, forest and environment clearance, construction of ash ponds, supply of water and electricity and steps to control pollution were discussed and resolved.
The review was held in two sessions during which review of as many as 33 projects were taken up.
Progress of 17 major projects were reviewed including the Rs 1,111 crore doubling of Sambalpur-Bamur railway line, Rs1,000 crore Haridaspur-Paradip, `811 crore Talcher-Bimlagarh and Rs 638 crore Angul-Sukinda railway line projects.
The meeting reviewed several road projects, including four-laning of Balasore-Jharpokharia patch on NH-5, six laning of Bhubaneswar-Jagatpur-Chandikhole stretch of NH-5, Biramitrapur-Barkote NH stretch, Tileibani-Sambalpur stretch of NH-6 and Baharagoda-Singra stretch on NH-6.
In the afternoon session, progress in the setting up of several coal and thermal power plants, fertiliser plants and irrigation projects were reviewed. The projects included, Bhubaneswari Opencast project of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, Balram, Siarmal, Hingula and Kaniha coal mines.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Joint Secretary in the PMO Subha Kumar, Director in PMO SD Sharma and other senior officials attended the meeting.