Bhubaneswar: As per the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra and Secretary (5-T) V.K. Pandian along with senior officials, visited Koraput and the Nabarangpur districts today and reviewed the preparation for Covid Third Wave and the progress of various development projects in the district with a focus on health, education, and irrigation.
The Collectors of both the districts briefed on the Covid situation and preparation for the Covid Third Wave. The PSA and Liquid Medical Oxygen Plant projects being constructed in the districts were reviewed and Chief Secretary instructed to complete them before August.
The officials visited the construction site of the 650-bed Hospital in SLN Medical College and Hospital Koraput. Secretary (5-T) suggested that patient amenities should get priority and facilities like attendant sheds, food courts, proper traffic flows, parking etc should be ensured. The project is targeted to be completed before end-2023. The team also visited the District Headquarters hospital in Nabarangpur and inspected the construction site for the 200-bed building. The engineers were asked to ensure quality in construction and timely completion by September.
The proposed Mega Lift irrigation project with an underground pipeline system on Indravati was reviewed. This project will irrigate 22,000 ha in Nabarangpur, Nandahandi and Tentulikhunti blocks. The Turi-Guntat irrigation project was also reviewed. The project will irrigate 9135 ha in Nabarangpur and Kosagumuda blocks. The department was directed to prepare the DPRs for both the project on topmost priority. These projects will boost irrigation in the district. The team visited the construction site of low height storage structure across river Indrāvati at Bangalaguda (531 Ha) and the mega lift irrigation project at Daibhata (999 ha) in Nabarangpur.
As part of the high school transformation programme under the 5T initiative, many high schools have been taken up with the active participation of alumni, teachers, parents, and students. The officials visited RCD Government Nodal High School, Nabarangpur, and Government Girls High School Koraput. Chief Secretary and Secretary(5-T) interacted with the Teachers, alumni, and students. They visited the smart classrooms, library, dining hall, ICT Labs playground, toilets, etc constructed under the initiative.
Chief Secretary reviewed the Airstrip work at Jeypore. The up-gradation projects include the expansion of the runway and terminal building. He said that the commercial flights to Jeypore are expected to be started soon.
Principal secretary Water resources Smt Anu Garg, MD NHM Shalini Pandit, Special Secretary to CM Vineel Krishna, DIG SWR, Collector, and SP Nabarangpur, Collector and SP Koraput, and other senior officials were present during the visit.