Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Reviews Odisha Livable Habitat Mission Progress

**Bhubaneswar**: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today conducted an assessment of the Odisha Livable Habitat Mission (OLHM) programme and directed senior officials to expedite the process of facilitating house, piped-water facility, LED street light and other infrastructure.

Under the OLHM the State Government has set a target to provide land rights to 1.86 lakh families in 1,922 slums across all Municipalities and NACs across Odisha.

In March 2017, the government had signed a MoU with the Tata Group to provide the funding for the project. On May 7, under the pilot project of OLHM 2000 beneficiaries were awarded land rights by the Chief Minister. They belong to 46 slums in 9 urban areas of the State.

Currently, for drinking water and other infrastructure projects Rs 400 crore work is underway. Three technical organisations have completed drone survey of 99 urban areas for executing OLHM projects. Along with the government officials, 26 NGOs are working in tandem to expedite the survey process which is expected to be completed by August 31 this year.

The state government has formed separate Urban Area Slum Rehabilitation And Redevelopment committees for rehabilitation of slums in 109 municipalities and NACs. Chief Secretary A.P Padhi, Development Commissioner, Revenue Secretary and Urban Development Secretary were present in the review meeting.

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