Cabinet Nods For Construction Of Box Drains In Cuttack City


Cuttack: Odisha government’s Housing and Urban Development Department on Wednesday informed that the state cabinet has approved the construction of box drains in Cuttack city by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (OISIP).

Based on the evaluation of financial bids of the technically responsive bidders, the capital expenditure based on the received bids amounts to Rs. 450.44 crores, which has been approved by the cabinet today.

The bidding process for the work was conducted as per JICA’s guidelines in a transparent manner and procurements are of international competitive bidding.

The works are scheduled to start by 1st July 2021 with a scheduled completion date of 31st December 2022.

According to government sources, frequent flooding and inundation in the city during the monsoon season were the perennial problems faced by the people of Cuttack, which required to be comprehensively addressed with significant infrastructure augmentations.

“The Drainage Scheme under the project has been designed to mitigate the perennial problem of flooding in Cuttack City by increasing the drain sizes for an increase in discharge capacity, installation of high-capacity stormwater Pumping Stations and Sluice Gates for quick and efficient bailing out of floodwater during monsoons and restoration of Revenue Colony Pond Water Body for storage of excess stormwater.” a department release said.

“The construction of box drain between Patapola to Matrubhawan (Chainage 3300–6700) of Main Drain – 1, which is one of the significant components of the Drainage Scheme in Cuttack is proposed for quick discharge of excess stormwater during monsoons to avoid flooding and ease of traffic congestion in one of the most congested areas of the City,” the release read.

“The scope of work includes the construction of BQx Drains from Patapola to Matrubhawan with the road above the Box Drain suitable for heavy vehicular movement, catch water drains medians and street lights in the centre. The Box Drain Scope of the Tender was split into two lots i.e. Lot 1 for 1850 Meters -Chainage 3300-5150 (Patapola to Bajrakabati) and Lot 2 for 1550 meters from Chainage 5150 to 6700 (Bajrakabati to Matrubhawan) of Main Drain-I,” the release further read.

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