Blueprint for Greater Sambalpur Sought by June

Published: 22nd February 2016 04:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2016 04:44 AM   |  A+A-


SAMBALPUR: The Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) has asked the Gujarat Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (GITCO), which is preparing the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for Greater Sambalpur, to submit the final plan document by June. The direction was issued after some flaws were pointed out in the last presentation made by the officials of GITCO here recently.

SDA Chairman Bijay Mohanty said the civic body has decided to submit the final CDP to the State Government in July for Gazette notification. GITCO has been asked to work on grey areas pointed out during the presentation and submit the final CDP by June.

Mohanty said the area under Greater Sambalpur has undergone a sea change since the first discussion on CDP held in 2009. The latest development that have taken place in the area includes establishment of IIM-Sambalpur, proposed Group Centre of CRPF and new drinking water projects which need to be covered under the CDP, he added.

He said the plan document will cover Sambalpur, Burla and Hirakud besides 95 villages of Dhankauda, Rengali and Maneswar blocks spread over 507.83 sq km for development.

The CDP envisages a population of 5.75 lakhs by the year 2030 in SDA.

The CDP will also consider Sambalpur-Jharsuguda and Burla-Hirakud as twin cities in complimentary role and setting up of a community satellite township at Madhupur-Jogipali on the outskirts of the City. Development of Rengali as socio-economic node with small industries, including processing of forest-based products, pharmaceuticals units and hotels and restaurants has also been mooted in the CDP.

The plan document has proposed to develop Lapanga as an industrial manufacturing and marketing junction with small-scale iron and steel industries, handloom and cottage industries. There is also a proposal to connect Burla and Hirakud with a bridge besides extending ring road to Bhatra, connecting National Highway 6.


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