SAMBA.LPUR: Sambalpur would get a face-lift in the next five years. With an eye on corporation election, dates of which are yet to be declared, the ruling BJD has announced a host of projects for the town which would materialise in the next five years. Several projects, which are underway, will be completed soon.
The State Government had already declared to upgrade Sambalpur Municipality along with Burla and Hirakud NACs into corporations.
After failing to make much headway in solid waste management, the district administration has identified a new location for disposal of solid waste and finalised a Ganjam-based agency to implement it.
Plans are also afoot for a sewerage treatment plant at Bhatra.
On education front, a second Kendriya Vidyalaya will be set up for which, admissions will begin from next academic year. A second Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is also in the offing in Kuchinda sub-division. Elaborate plans have also been drawn up for augmenting drinking water facility in the town with a second treatment and distribution plant to be set up at Ainthapali.
A drinking water project for 29 villages in Chiplima and at least one lakh population spread over 70 villages in Maneswar, Dhankauda and parts of Rengali block has been mooted. The long-awaited drinking water project will be completed before March next year.
Renovation of 18 traditional water harvesting structures (TWHS) in Sambalpur town along with Ramsagar bandha has also been proposed. Tender has been finalised for a second bridge from Sambalpur to Chaurpur across river Mahanadi.