Begins Annual Review With Works Department
Soumya Ranjan Sahoo
10 days ago
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday began his review of departmental progress in the new year of 2017 at the State Secretariat here.
On the beginning day of his review, the Chief Secretary started his review on the progress of Works Department.
Briefing media, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “Annually I move around the departments for review. This year I began it with Works Department. A general snapshot view of the department was taken. This year’s expenditure of the department is much more than that of last corresponding year. We’re hopeful that whatever target was fixed for the Works Department, that could be fulfilled by March. On individual project reviewed, it includes Gurupriya Setu, Mahanadi Setu near Cuttack Trishulia, under-construction of five medical colleges. Most of the projects are on schedule. Wherever there is any slippage, we discussed how to address it today at the review meeting.”
As per official sources, the Works Department’s progress is very well. Against the 60% target given by the State Government last year, it has achieved 71% expenditure. We are trying to complete four medical colleges out of the five medical colleges till June 2017. Baripada, Balasore,Bolangir and Koraput medical colleges will be completed. Only Puri medical college will be completed next year.
It was also informed that 60% work of Gurupriya Setu has been completed. It will be fully completed till September. Its budget has been pegged at Rs 172 crore.
Efforts are on to complete soon the Jagamohan the ongoing repairing work for which tender is in process.
The four-laning of Rourkela-Sambalpur road will be complete till March. Also the Kathajodi bridge work by March while Ib bridge of Jharsuguda by June, Sambalpur Mahanadi Nelson bridge by June.
Notably, the Works Department achieves 98% expenditure per year.
The Chief Secretary on the day instructed officials to spend more on infrastructure development.
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