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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Odisha Cabinet on Thursday approved as many as 33 proposals including construction of two integrated barrages- the first one across Kochila river near Kuturia village in Bhadrak district while the second one on Baitarani river near village Dhobabil of Jajpur district.

The Cabinet also approved the tender for the above work for an execution amount of Rs 200 crore (without GST) and 0 & M cost for five years amounting to Rs 1 crore (without GST). The work is planned to be completed in 30 months.

This storage structure is expected to control the flood situation in Kochila river and will rejuvenate the Baitarani river.

Informing about the other important Cabinet decisions, Chief Secretary, Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said that major decisions included approval of the financial bids for construction of 40 lift irrigation schemes with intake points on different rivers in the districts of Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Gajapati, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Angul and Cuttack.

Similarly, the Cabinet also approved the financial bids for execution of pressurised underground pipe line (UGPL) irrigation network system for left command of lower Suktel irrigation project with distribution network.

Approvals were made to sanction the lease of 5 acre government land free of premium for establishment of Central Research Institute in Homeopathy (CIRH), 50 acres of land in favour of Rajendra University for their infra development, and 3.125 acres of land for establishment of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Proposal for 15 per cent reservation of seats in Government Physical Education Colleges for the students staying in government sports hostels along with revised funding for the State Level Sports Infrastructure Development scheme also received Cabinet nod.

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