By: Eight new projects worth Rs 257 crore were sanctioned for Odisha Mineral Area Bearing Development Corporation (OMBADC) districts in the Board of Directors meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Asit Tripathy Wednesday.

While giving nod to the projects, chief secretary Tripathy directed the principal secretaries and secretaries of concerned administrative departments to workout ‘weekly monitoring plan’ for expeditious and qualitative implementation of the projects for completing them before the scheduled time.

The meeting was held on digital mode from Lokseba Bhawan wherein chief executive officer OMBADC S

Uma Nanduri outlined the project proposals for discussion. The approved projects included up-gradation of health service facilities in health sub-centers, primary health centers, community health centers and sub-divisional head quarter hospital in two blocks of Mayurbhanj district with estimated cost of around Rs 47.25 crore ; up-gradation of library, laboratory and teaching-learning infrastructure in engineering college at Keonjhar at estimated cost of Rs 34.00 crore; opening of centers of excellence in government ITIs and poly-techniques of six districts at estimated cost of Rs123.45 crore; broadband connectivity to hospitals and schools in OMBADC districts at estimated cost of Rs 3.00 crore; improvement of milk procurement facilities in Jajpur district at the estimated cost of Rs 20.48 crore from OBADC; development of four mega mother nurseries in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Jajpur district at Rs11.71 crore; skill development certificate course for tribal youths in panchakarma and naturopathy at Rs16 lakh ; and, sex sorted semen for genetic improvement of cattle at Rs16.93 crore.

Available data show that earlier the projects of worth Rs.13,233.25 cr were sanctioned for OMBADC districts in the sectors like mega pipe water supply, up-gradation of heath service facilities, quality improvement in education, skill development, strengthening of integrated child services; livelihood promotion through agriculture and allied activities, pollution containment, environmental protection, water harvesting, soil and moisture conservation, and creation of water bodies etc. All these projects are now under expeditious implementation.

Development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, additional chief secretary forest and environment Dr Mona Sharma, and additional chief secretary health and family welfare P.K.Mohapatra participated in deliberations while CEO Uma Nanduri placed the administrative and financial details of the projects.