Odisha to build 61 food storage godowns

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to resolve issues relating to collection and distribution of food grains, the state government has decided to ink a pact with International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of World Bank for the construction of 61 food storage godowns of 1.3 lakh mertic tonne capacity across the state.


This was informed by chief secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra at the secretariat today.


“The food godowns will help us tackle procurement issues. Besides, practical difficulties faced by the government during distribution of food grains will also be sorted out,” Mohapatra told media persons.


While the state government would avail technical expertise of the IFC for the project to be executed on private-public-partnership (PPP) mode, details about investment and selection of places would be worked out in a later stage, he stated.


Top officials however said that total cost of the project is Rs 120 crore.


This apart, the state government is also considering to go ahead with IFC to implement its projects including solar energy production, construction of affordable housing and tertiary hospitals in the state.


Programme has been made to develop a 300-bed green field multi tertiary health care hospital in Gadakana. Besides, it has been decided to set up 500-bed hospitals in Kaliprasad, Bramheswarpatana, Rasulgarh, and Bharatpur with a total investment of Rs 188 crore, officials said.


Official sources said, the state government has approved 37 projects on the PPP mode between April 2009 and March 2012. The approved projects are in sectors like ports, real estate, food processing and tourism.