Odisha Govt Approves 127 Projects worth Rs 295 Crore for Urban Local Bodies for Infra Development

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to boost infrastructure development in urban local bodies (ULBs), the Odisha government has approved around 127 projects worth around Rs 295 crore for different ULBs under Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF).

The approval was given in the Board of Director meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the Secretariat here on Saturday.

Padhi urged the officials to focus on capacity building and revenue generating the ability of the ULBS.

He also directed them to make the projects outcome-oriented and assess their impact.

State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) has been nominated as nodal agency to undertake capacity building activities of the personnel in 114 ULBs of the State.

The LED project proposal for 113 ULBs at estimated around a total cost Rs 265 crore was also approved.

The Board also reviewed progress of water supply projects at Gopalpur in Ganjam district, bulk water supply under public-private-partnership to NISER and IIT, energy efficient streetlight projects in five municipal corporations, market development projects in Sambalpur, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, solid waste management project in Berhampur, sewerage treatment projects in Sambalpur and Rourkela and water body development projects in 11 different ULBs.

The Chief Secretary directed to do the ULB wise assessment of the outcomes of LED streetlight projects. Other projects approved by the Board included reclamation & peripheral development of 14 water bodies in five ULBs estimated around Rs 30 crore.

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