Naveen launches 50 urban drinking water projects

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated 50 urban drinking water projects and dedicated Bhubaneswar One, a web based GIS Map portal, at a state level function held at the State Secretariat conference hall here.

Besides, a tripartite MoU for energy efficient street lighting in five municipal corporations of the state was also signed in his presence.

“Improvement of basic amenities and modernisation of urban areas have always been our priority. To that end, several projects like drinking water and energy efficient lighting system was started today. I expect their timely completion. That apart, the web-based GIS Map portal Bhubaneswar One was also launched which is the first such project in the entire country,” Patnaik said in his address.

Out of 50 urban drinking water projects in 27 urban areas launched today, 11 would be set up in Cuttack city. The cost of these 50 projects is estimated at Rs 149.11 crore.

As per the directive of the chief minister, 501 km of old and worn-out pipelines would be replaced with new pipelines at a cost of Rs 152 crore of which Rs 87 crore would be spent for replacement of 225 km old pipelines in nine urban local bodies (ULBs) under AMRUT yojana while 276 km of pipelines would be replaced in the remaining ULB areas at a cost of Rs 65.50 crore from the State Plan fund. The replacement work would be completed by the end of 2017.

The state government has also decided to construct a protection wall in two freshwater areas in Puri to stop the water sources from coming in contact with the saline water of the sea. The freshwater will be supplied to nearby areas through pipelines by recharging the groundwater.

The chief minister was also present at the signing of MoU with HeSaLight, a Denmark based LED lights manufacturing company, Neev Energy LLP, a New Delhi based company and Energy Efficient Service Ltd (EESL) for energy efficient street lighting in five municipal corporations.

Out of the total of 41,146 street lights to be set up at a cost of Rs 34.23 crore, 6136 would be in Bhubaneswar (6136), 7578 in Berhampur, 16069 in Cuttack, 4869 in Sambalpur, and 6494 in Rourkela.

The chief minister also dedicated ‘Bhubaneswar One’, a web-based GIS Map portal under the Smart City Project, the first of its kind in the country.

Through this portal, people will be able to know important places of Bhubaneswar and the facilities available there.