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RAILWAY AND PORT PROJECTS IN ODISHA STRIDE AHEAD

RAILWAY AND PORT PROJECTS IN ODISHA STRIDE AHEAD

Bhubaneswar, 13th Jan : The implementation of Railway and port projects in Odisha in picking up with enabling support and constant follow up by respective departments. This has come to notice in a high level review meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in Secretariat conference hall today wherein Secretary Commerce & Transport Sri G. Mathivathanan presented the update status of the projects and outlined issues for discussion. Railway and Port Authorities of the concerned projects also put forth their issues. The Development Commissioner Sri Injeti Srinivas, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Sri Upendra Nath Behera and C.M.D IDCO Sri Vishal Dev joining the Chief Secretary in the meeting participated in discussions and resolved the issues. Chief Secretary Sri Mohapatra has asked the project developers to submit detail work plans with mile stones and timelines. They have been asked to submit all forest clearance proposals by 31st January with the required papers like Gram Sabha resolution, DGPS survey, FRA certificate etc. The National High Way authorities were asked to expedite the implementation of NHAI bridge in Kanpur irrigation project. Chief Secretary also advised to plan for NH bypass of Angul town as the industrial and commercial activities in the area is picking up. The project development matters of Angul Sukinda Railway, Haridaspur-Paradeep railway, Dhamara Port, Astaranga Port, Subarnarekha Port, Gopalpur Port were discussed in the meeting. Mostly the issues relating to forest & environmental clearances, social impact study, DGPS survey, land acquisition, contract award, progress of work, payment of incidental charges for alienation of Govt. land for commercial use, providing of bank guarantee about the revenue sharing by the developer etc. were discussed in the meeting. Review revealed that the progress in these matters have picked up. Besides, contract has been awarded for construction of the long awaited bridge over river Mantei in the district of Bhadrakh for direct communication to Dhamara Port. The tender papers have also been received for two lane road from Jamjhadi to Dhamara which was also awaited for some time. Secretary works Sri Nalinikanta Pradhan, present in the meeting said that the tender will be finalized within 20 days. It has been decided in the meeting that for efficient timely execution of railway projects the concerned engineers of RNVL projects will report day to day progress to Managing Director of the SPV( already constituted as a joint venture). It has also been decided that the developers of the port projects will give bank guarantee of the revenue sharing with validity up to the end of moratorium period which is generally five years in many projects. It has also been decided that the developers will give prior permission to Govt before signing of MOU with any 3rd party for project development activities.

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