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CS Padhi stresses expediting infra devpt projects in State




 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi is understood to have directed concerned officials to expedite the infrastructure development projects launched on PPP mode in State.

Padhi’s directive came during a review of the progress of these projects at the Empowered Committee Meeting at the State Secretariat here today.

According to sources, the tender process for construction of 23 paddy godowns has been finalized while order has been issued for the integrated healthcare institution project in the Bhubaneswar municipality area.

Under the project, one specialty hospital and five highly developed hospitals will be set up in the State capital with a total 800 beds at an investment of Rs 424 crore.

There will be 500 beds at the specialty hospital and other hospitals will have the remaining 300 beds, sources said.

Out of the 800 beds, 359 beds will be reserved for the BPL card holders. The beneficiaries under Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Odisha Treatment Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund will get free services or on a discount fixed by the government, sources said.

The expression of Interest has also been made for the Shanti Nagar Awas Yojana launched under the Awas Yojana 2015 scheme. Around 1300 houses will be constructed under the project at investment of Rs 92 crore, said sources.

The tender process has been finalized for launching the city bus service in Balasore-Bhadrak urban cluster to facilitate playing of buses on Balasore-Remuna-Maitripur route and Balasore-Soro-Nilagiri route.

The meeting also discussed about the upgradation and maintenance of e-Dharani software, which is operational at 185 land registration offices.

The progress of the low-cost housing projects in urban areas was also discussed at the meeting, the sources added.






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