Bhubaneswar, June 6
The Board of Directors of Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC) today sanctioned eleven new projects estimated at around Rs 3540 crore from OMBADC fund for nine mineral bearing districts.
Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi approved these projects while presiding over the meeting in Secretariat here.
OMBADC Chief Executive Officer Uma Nanduri presented the financial, administrative and technical aspects for consideration.
Sanctioning these projects, the Chief Secretary directed that livelihood programmes under OMBADC for mineral bearing areas of the concerned districts should be taken up in convergence with Odisha Livelihood Mission.
The Board decided that additional drinking water projects for urban areas in the mineral bearing districts can be taken up under OMBADC.
Women & Child Development Department was asked to formulate innovative programmes for improving the nutritional status of the children and reducing the infant mortality rate (IMR) in mineral bearing areas.
The RWSS and Public Health Units in Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts were asked to conduct iron content test of both the deep and surface drinking water sources on regular basis.
Padhi further directed the concerned departments to monitor the water quality regularly in mining areas and lake up necessary preventive steps.
A fly-over road near Joda town was sanctioned in the meeting for curtailing the dust and pollution in the town at a cost of Rs 229.71 crore.
It has been targeted to complete the project within a period of three years from the date of commencement of the work.
The Chief Secretary directed the Housing & Urban Development Department lo take up appropriate projects for improving the quality of living in Joda and Barbil towns of Keonjhar districts.
The newly sanctioned projects in the meeting include mega pipe water supply projects for rural areas in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Koraput and Jajpur districts; drinking water supply project for urban centers of Mayurbhanj and Koraput, livelihood promotion activities through SHGs in all the nine districts, livelihood promotion through fishery, strengthening of integrated child development scheme, integrated watershed management project, water conservation and improvement of ground water recharge projects, afforestation, renovation of urban water bodies and solid waste management in urban bodies.