CM Naveen Patnaik Launches Major Development Initiatives Across Several Odisha Cities

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched a slew of development projects in Odisha, marking a significant stride towards urban transformation. Among the notable initiatives, Patnaik distributed land rights certificates to 21,427 slum dwellers in Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur, and Rourkela. Additionally, 626 Biju Adarsha Colonies were dedicated to residents across 26 cities, benefiting approximately two lakh families and addressing the issue of urban slums.

One of the key highlights was the inauguration of a 24×7 drinking water supply facility in Berhampur, extending the ‘Drink From Tap’ Mission to the city and enhancing public health standards. Patnaik emphasized that these endeavours align with the state’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Furthermore, Patnaik inaugurated the Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project, a collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), aimed at bolstering sanitation infrastructure in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. This project includes the installation of underground sewerage systems, sewage treatment plants, and improved drainage facilities, promising a better quality of life for residents.

In addition to these, several other initiatives were unveiled, including drinking water projects in Suguda, Brijrajnagar, and Belpahad, benefitting 2.75 lakh residents. Moreover, numerous road projects and civic amenities projects were dedicated across various cities in the state.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Housing and Urban Development Minister Usha Devi and Additional Chief Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department, G Mathi Bhathanon. Patnaik also laid the foundation stone for 27 water supply projects.

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