Rourkela, Sept 24 (LocalWire): Pratap Jena, minister of Urban Development, Law and Panchayati Raj completed his four-day Sundergarh tour with several programmes here on the last day today.
Speaking at a felicitation ceremony at Rourkela Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jena promised Rourkela several projects soon.
‘I promise you that the underground sewerage system will be completed before next monsoon.
The executing agency asked for six more months and I allowed them two more,’ informed the minister.
He also said that the rest of the projects under Smart City would be completed in time.
‘The citizen-friendly parks are approaching completion.
Besides, the redevelopment of 3.6 km Ambedkar Chowk-Panposh with provisions for footpath, cycle track, underground utility system and other amenities will be completed in the stipulated time,’ he said.
Roads would be built at a cost of Rs 26 crores.
Similarly, Birsa Munda Stadium will be modernised at a cost of Rs 130 crores. Notable amongst them was the development of the Brahmani river front at a cost of Rs 210 crores.
However, the minister was not properly briefed about the status of Koelnagar underground sewerage system.
This is part of the ongoing project and has been handed over to Larsen and Toubro.
When he was told that the treatment plant faced opposition, he said, ‘we will go for safety tank project.’
The minister was not aware that Koelnagar has an underground sewerage system which was the first of its kind in the whole state under any housing project.
The minister also laid the foundation stone for the rural water supply system at Jhirpani and for widening of the main road there.
In the evening he inaugurated the ORMAS exhibition at Bhanja Bhawan ground.
Although the five page tour programme of the minister instructs the Collector, ADM and SP of Sundergarh, Jharsuguda ‘to extend due courtesy and protocol to the honourable minister, smart city senior officials and Rourkela ADM, who is also the chairman of RDA and Commissioner of Rourkela Municipal Corporation, were conspicuous by their absence, violating the protocol.