Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief secretary, AP Padhi, Thursday said that four drinking water projects worth Rs 193.66 crore would taken up  in 3 mineral bearing districts of the state with Odisha Mineral Area Development Corporation (OMADC) fund.

Padhi, while reviewing the activities of the OMADC at a high-level meeting, said that the projects should be expedited during the current summer season.

TH OMADC chief executive officer, Uma Nanduri, gave a presentation on these projects.

Two projects of total  Rs 133.66 crore would be taken up in the Jharsuguda municipal area and one project each in Koraput and Rairangpur urban areas with Rs 35 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively.

Till now OMADC fund has been sanctioned for 248 projects.  Out of which 41 have been completed and works of 140 are on progress . Tender process for has been expedited. As dependable water sources could not be available for 33 projects, it was decided to have mega piped water project with water from nearby river or streams.

Development commissioner R.Balakrishnan, panchyati raj principal secretary Deoranjan Kumar Singh, housing and urban development secretary G Mathivathan, and special secretary Prem Kumar Jha were present at the meeting.