Naveen seeks public support for proper implementation of JICA project

State

CUTTACK, DEC 5

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought public support for successful implementation of JICA funded Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project.

Dedicating the Sewage Treatment Plant here at CDA sector -1, he said clean, beautiful and calm environment enhances glory of a city.

The Chief Minister said that step had been taken for improvement of drainage and sanitation system of Cuttack through Rs. 3000 crore JICA funded project and public support was necessary for its success.

“The STP would help in improving the environment of the Millennium city,” he added.

Constructed by Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB) under Housing & Urban Development Department at a cost of Rs.110 crore, the STP has a capacity of treating 36 million liters of sewage per day and benefit around 11 lakh people of the city in next 30 years.

With inauguration of the project, services of the STP are being made available from today in the areas lying between Mahanadi Ring Road to Kathajodi Ring Road i.e. Bidanasi to Mangalabag, Friends Colony, Jhola Sahi and Purighat.

Till date, the waste water of the city was mostly being discharged into Mahanadi and Kathajodi thereby polluting the river water.

Now, the waste water collected through sewerage system will be released into surrounding rivers by improving its quality through the STP.

While, more than 275 km of sewage pipeline network has been completed, a drainage pumping station at Police Colony with a discharge capacity of 72 lakh litres per hour has also been completed, the official informed.

The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone for establishment of regional center of Hyderabad based Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) at CDA-Sector-13. The proposed university campus will offer polytechnic and ITI courses in the first phase.

Thanking authorities of MANUU for their decision in respect of setting up technical institutions in Odisha, Patnaik said that the state government has consistently promoted technical education among the minorities and backward classes.

Stating that education empowers and enables people to serve the society in a meaningful way, Patnaik told that his government has taken up skill development in a big way by establishing the Odisha Skill Development Authority to provide overall direction for skill development programmes in different sectors.

“Our objective is to make Skilled-in-Odisha, a Global Brand and we have forged partnership with ITEES, Singapore to provide world-class skill to our children,” said the Chief Minister.

The ITIs are at the core of our Skill-Eco-System where students aspire to be the best in the world.

The four hostels with capacity of 1200 seats for which the foundation stones were laid in Cuttack will cater to the needs of OBC and minority boys and girls at a cost of Rs.18 crore, Patnaik said.

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