Odisha H&UD Dept Holds Orientation Programme For Municipal Engineers


Bhubaneswar: Taking forward the agenda of Transforming Urban Odisha and creating climate-resilient urban assets, the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) Department, Govt of Odisha, organised a one-day Orientation Programme of the Engineers of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) here at Convention Centre of Xavier Institute of Management today.

Inaugurating the programme, G. Mathi Vathanan, Principal Secretary, H&UD Department emphasized on need of further expedition of various Urban infra projects like JAGA Mission, MUKTA, Water Supply, Sanitation etc, which are under implementation in the Urban areas of Odisha. He further stated that the diverse accomplishments made by Team Urban under the 5T Governance of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik have attracted the attention of all across the Globe. Various eminent personalities and officials inside and outside the countries are frequently visiting Odisha to have exposure to the low-cost, eco-friendly and inclusive projects being implemented across urban areas, keeping people at the forefront.

Mathi added that Decentralization and Community participation are the two eyes of the department. “As we take care of our eyes, the most vital part of our body, so also you all should and must take top care of the two eyes,” said the Principal Secretary of the H&UD Department.

Sangramjit Nayak, Director of Municipal Administration (DMA) advised the Engineers to be vigilant on key issues and concerns so the Community Partners. He attached importance to working in a transparent manner and gave a clarion call to abide by the 5-T mantra of the Government in letter and spirit Sarada Prasad Panda, Director, of State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) apprised the key aspects under the Mukhyamantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan (MUKTA) and conveyed various timelines for completion of projects.  Sanjay Pramanik, OSD-cum-Special Secretary presented the Financial Modalities under various projects.

Among others, Technical experts like Dr. Bhaktakabi Das, Chief Engineer cum Additional Secretary, Shri R N Mallick, Project Director, Technical Cell, OWSSB, Shri Debasundar Mohapatra, Advisor Urban Water Rejuvenation Unit, Mr. Darshan Shah, Senior Manager, Jana Urban Space Foundation, Bengaluru made their technical presentation in transforming the urban assets. Santosh Kumar Dash, Joint Secretary proposed a hearty vote of thanks. Such Capacity Building programmes for various key functionaries of H&UD Department is an integral part and have been proved to be instrumental in public service delivery of the Department. More than 320 Engineers working in ULBs were sensitized on various key technical aspects and Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) under various transformative Urban initiatives.

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