BALASORE: Industries Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev has asked the district administration to prepare a proposal for water supply to Balasore town from Sono river and take up solid waste management on PPP mode.
During his recent visit to the district, Dev said to address drainage issues, a master plan should be prepared for easy discharge of rainwater which often leads to water-logging even after a normal rainfall. Of the 685 lift irrigation points, around 400 are operating and 285 lying defunct on account of non-payment of electricity bills. He directed the District Collector to ensure that all the lift irrigation points are repaired and made operational as early as possible.
Dev also called for widening of main roads in Balasore town - Kuruda to Fakir Mohan Golai and bus stand to Remuna Golai. He has urged the Works Department to take up these two roads during the current fiscal. Considering the rise in number of vehicles, these narrow roads are unable to take the increasing traffic pressure. In the past, a number of accidents have also been reported on these roads.
Collector Aravind Agrawal said though the city bus service has been sanctioned, it is yet to be implemented. The Industries Secretary was apprised of the pending projects of engineering wing due to unavailability of stone chips. Collector has sent a proposal to the Revenue Department for revival of stone quarries in Nilagiri to tide over the crisis.