Odisha chief Secy sets deadline for clean water project in Keonjhar

Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohaptra has directed district administration officials and relevant departments to ensure piped potable water supply to urban areas of Keonjhar district in Odisha by March 2023.

During a visit to the district on Thursday, the chief secretary gave an update on the progress of various major projects including the drinking water project under construction during a meeting with the district collector Asish Thakre and department officials. He ordered officials to speed up work on the project to meet the deadline.

It was revealed at the meeting that the construction works of the medical college and the government hospital have been completed. Mohapatra told officials to take steps to complete the rest of the project work soon.

Reviewing the work of the Department of Rural Development and Works, the Chief Secretary emphasized road communication with neighboring districts and states. He told officials to focus on needs-based projects under the district’s mining fund and to develop Kanjipani as an ecotourism destination.

Mohapatra gave an update on the irrigation project in Kanpur and ordered engineers and officials to complete the bridge over the national highway near the project by the end of October. He also asked the officials of the Department of Water Resources and Forestry to speed up the process of obtaining clearing for the expansion of irrigation canals in the region.

Later, the chief secretary participated in the “Mo School” program held at DN High School. During an interaction with the teachers and students of the school and the parents, he advised them to make the school a top educational institution in the state.

Mohapatra, who is an alumnus of the school, also inaugurated a 120-bed girls hostel and another 120-bed boys hostel built at a cost of Rs 5.17 crore at the school premises. He also toured the school’s smart classrooms, library and ICT lab.

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