Bhubaneswar:The Odisha Cabinet on Monday approved the construction of 130 MLD Water Treatment Plant and its Ancillary Structures forimprovement of Water Supply to Bhubaneswar City.
Based on the evaluation of financial bids of the technically responsive bidders the capital expenditure based on the received bid amounts to Rs 867322142.00, which has been approved by the cabinet to be executed by the selected bidder M/s LC infra Projects Pvt Ltd.
The work is scheduled to start by March 2023 with a stipulated date of completion as 31 March 2025.
Official sources said there is need to improve the treatment capacity to meet the growing demand of drinking water of capital city of Bhubaneswar since the present capacity of Water Treatment Plants has reached saturation.
In order to address the issues Housing and Urban Development Department through Water Corporation of Odisha has proposed to implement the project Construction.
This project will help in providing 24×7 water supply of Drink From Tap quality to all the households of Bhubaneswar upto 2038.
In another decision the cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to make Payment of compensation to the next of kin on account of Death of Prisoners in the Jails of Odisha Rules, 2023.
There was no statutory provision for Payment of Compensation to the Next of Kin on account of death of Prisoners in Jails of Odisha.
Such compensation is being granted as per the recommendations of the Hon’ble National Human Rights Commission or Odisha Human Rights Commission.
The Orissa High Court of Orissa in its order on 23.12.2021 had observed that a system/scheme should be put in place by the Government itself for payment of compensation for Death of Prisoners in custody.
The National Human Rights Commission on 02.05.2022 has also requested to formulate a policy for payment of compensation to the next of kin on account of the death of Prisoners in the Jails.
Hence, the cabinet on Monday approved the proposal to make Payment of compensation to the Next of Kin) on account of Death of Prisoners in the Jails of Odisha Rules, 2023.
The Cabinet also approved the scheme, “Drainage Improvement Programme (DIP)” over a period of 05 years, i:e from 2023-24 to 2027-28 with an outlay of Rs 1400.00 crore for Excavation/ Improvement/ renovation of 6969 km length of various drainage channel and retrieval of waterlogged area of 105868 hectares.
The state government have planned to renovate Drainage Channels and retrieve the irrigable and un-irrigable command affected by water logging in the 17 DOABS and 3 Non-Doabs in coastal parts of Odisha Government.
This will help to control saline ingress through the drains falling to the sea and its network and proper drainage of excess water in the affected areas in the DOABS and select urban centers through well-defined natural drainage channels.
It would also lead to the availability of water in the drains at the time of distress for incidental irrigation.