BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has set a target to commission different packages of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project works in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in different phases from December, 2017 to June, 2018.
A decision to this effect was taken at the steering committee meeting presided over by Chief Secretary AP Padhi at Secretariat here on Friday. Padhi directed the executing agencies to complete drains and sewerage points which have been started before digging new areas.
The Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) Department was also directed to have close micro-level monitoring of the physical progress and ensure that the money spent yields highest result in terms of core work of the project.
The project includes 632 km of sewer network (252 km in Bhubaneswar and 380 km in Cuttack, 26 sewerage treatment plants and 48 pumping stations in the Twin City. The State Government has provided Rs 594 crore of the project cost of Rs 2,974 crore while the JICA loan component is Rs 2,380 crore.
So far, 42 per cent of the project has been completed.
The project has been divided into four packages. The Chief Secretrary directed the H&UD Department to strengthen monitoring activities at the ground level and scale up performance in coming months.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary in Finance Department TK Pandey, Principal Secretary in Revenue and Disaster Management Department Mona Sharma, Secretary in H&UD Department G Mathivathnan and senior officials attended the meeting.