Odisha’s opposition questions pumping more funds into the Cuttack box drainage project

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Even though the late pace of JICA’s project in the silver city of Cuttack raises many questions, the nod from the Odisha cabinet to inject more funds into the construction of box drains seems to have added oil to the situation. fire.

The Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (OISIP) funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) was launched in 2013 to alleviate recurring flooding problems in the city. We learn that only 30 percent of the project’s work has been completed to date.

Even though the late pace of JICA’s project in the silver city of Cuttack raises many questions, the nod from the Odisha cabinet to inject more funds into the construction of box drains seems to have added oil to the situation. fire.

Meanwhile, the State Cabinet earlier this month approved Rs 450.44 crore for the construction of drains and roads at Cuttack from Pattapola to Matrubhawan to prevent flooding and reduce traffic congestion in the city. . Soon, Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena took to Twitter to thank Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the funds.

However, this move allowed the opposition to target the state government which believes millions of rupees are being diverted under the grip of the project. Congress wondered how the state government could again sanction funds for box drains that were already part of the JICA-funded project.

Congressman Barabati-Cuttack Mohammed Moqim said, “Box drains were already included in the JICA project and the contracting agency had completed 25-30 percent of the work. The project has been incomplete for eight years and people are facing some drawbacks. “

BJP Cuttack City President Lalatendu Badu said: “Central and state allocations are being misappropriated. Initially, it was assured that the project would end in 4 to 5 years, but it is still incomplete even though eight years have passed. ”

Launched in 2013, the initial cost of the project was Rs 974 crore. Although half of the project is not yet completed, the cost of the project has climbed to Rs 3000 crore. In addition, Rs 450 crore was due to be spent by 2022 on box drains, but the delayed project has made the plight of residents worse instead of improving.



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