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Naveen assures to make Berhampur a model town




 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today promised to make Berhampur a model town and its drinking water problem solved by the end of next year.

“We have already taken steps to solve the drinking water problem in the town. It will be over by the December next year” chief minister said, while addressing the celebration of 150 years of Berhampur civic body here. “Efforts are on to make Berhampur as a model town,” he said. In a bid to solve the drinking water problem in the town, the government has started the Janibili water supply project. The Rs 581.81-crore drinking water project work started in November last year and scheduled to complete by the December next year.

Presently the town required around 64 million litter water per day. The town however is getting around 54-mld from various sources including Dakhinapur reservoir and Rushikuya water supply system. In his brief address, the chief minister also highlighted the history of Berhampur and its role in the freedom struggle. “One of the freedom fighters (tribal leader Laxmana Nayak) was hanged in the Berhampur circle jail here before Independence” he said.

On occasion of celebration of 150 years of local self governance, chief minister inaugurated and laid foundation stones for several projects worth around Rs 100-crore of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC). Some of the major projects are World bank assisted road projects under Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) (Rs 42.38-crore), 13-km long water pipeline project (Rs 27.18 crore), five no of urban primary health centers (Rs 2.20 crore), renovation of heritage public library (42 lakh) and a new e-library (Rs 27-lakh).

The chief minister also launched the online and cashless transactions of the civic body. All type of pensions would be directly transferred to the beneficiaries under the project.

The Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik today mingled with people at Ward level in Ganjam district apparently to counter rival BJP’s “Mo booth sabuthu Majboot’ campaign.

Patnaik attended an ‘Aama Gaan Aama Bikash’ programme at Ward nos 10 and 11 in G Jagannathpur village of Ganjam district which was attended by nearly 8000 villagers.

The BJD supremo reiterated his government’s claim to take the State forward further at the meeting amid cheers from the party workers and villagers.

According to BJD sources, the Chief Minister interacted with the villagers and received feedback on development activities in these two Wards.

Local MLA and party vice president Pradeep Panigrahi apprised the Chief Minister about the various development activities followed by a villager Anand Patra who informed Patnaik about the formation of Ward level committees in the two wards.

The villagers urged the Chief Minister to develop their cremation ground, Kalyan Mandap and an embarkment during Patnaik’s half hour stay there. Notably, the ruling party has taken up initiatives to strengthen it at ward level to counter the rising influence of the rival BJP with its ‘Mo booth sabuthu majboot’ campaign.

BJP national president Amit Shah had visited Ganjam district recently in a bid to strengthen the party at grass root with an eye on 2019 Assembly election.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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