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Odisha govt: Complete NCRM projects in time

Posted on Nov 21, 10:46PM | UNI

The Odisha government has directed all the concerned departments to complete construction of work under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation (NCRM) project within 18 months from the date of the finalisation of the contract.

The collectors and tahasildars were instructed to check the status of the land allotted for construction of cyclone shelters under the project and make sure that they would be free of all litigations and encroachments.

Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik who held a wrap up meeting with the officials yesterday in view of the visit of World Bank Mission Team on NCRM project,has directed the contractors, executing agencies and supervising departments not to compromise on the quality of materials, construction and post-construction treatment activities in raising and strengthening of saline embankments.

The departments were directed to have close and strict monitoring of these aspects and keep up to the dateline of different phases of work.

The meeting revealed that NCRM project at an estimated cost of Rs.653.79 crore is being implemented in Odisha under the World Bank assistance since last year.

The project included early warning system, construction of multipurpose cyclone shelters, raising and strengthening of saline embankments and capacity building on disaster risk management.

The Project Implementing Unit (PIU)for Odisha has been set up in OSDMA for overall project management, monitoring and implementation.The departments of Rural Development and Water Resources have been selected as the nodal departments for construction of cyclone centres and saline embankments respectively.

The entire project has been planned for implementation in two phases. In phase-I 80 cyclone centres and 69 cyclone centres in phase II with 6 godowns will be taken up.

Meanwhile, the World Bank Team led by Dr S P Basudev, Project Director, NCRMP have visited different cyclone shelter sites in Balasore, Jagatsingpur and Puri districts.

Financial Management Specialist Ms Tripti Chopra reviewed financial position of the project and visited Kendrapara cyclone shelter sites.

Official sources said the team had expressed satisfaction over the progress of the work and hoped that the construction of saline embankments will be completed within the scheduled time.