Bhubaneswar: Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC) cleared eight new projects estimated at around Rs 2800 crore for nine mineral rich districts.
Chairing the Board of Directors Meeting of OMBADC at State Secretariat on Friday, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi approved these projects.
Chief Executive Officer of OMBADC Uma Nanduri presented financial, administrative and technical aspects for consideration of the projects.
Reviewing the progress of projects sanctioned earlier, Padhi directed the concerned Collectors to complete the housing projects by August 15.
He also directed the State Pollution Control Board for regular measurement and monitoring of the water and air pollution level in mining areas.
The newly sanctioned projects in the meeting included skill development training to ST, SC, OBC & youths of minority community, horticulture activities, mega lift irrigation and strengthening adarsh vidyalayas in all nine districts — Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada and Sundargarh –covered under OMBADC.
Besides, 12 mega lift irrigation projects for Keonjhar districts, check dam with lift irrigation projects in five districts, construction of Road over Bridges (ROB) at Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Sundargarh, construction of critical road and bridges to establish the missing link of connectivity in mining hit areas were also sanctioned in the meeting.
At present, projects worth around Rs.3,517 crore are in different stages for implementation in these districts, CEO Nanaduri told media.
With today’s approval the total cost of the project sanctioned for these districts comes around Rs.6,317 crore, she added.