Cabinet nod to plantation drive along Brahmani, Baitarini & Rusikulya river banks

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday gave its nod to several proposals, including plantation drive along the banks of Brahmani, Baitarani and Rushikulya rivers and tributaries and distributaries.

In July Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Green Mahanadi Mission’, a plantation drive under which 2 crore saplings will be planted along the Mahanadi, Ib and Tel rivers.

“The main objective of the scheme is to rejuvenate the river Mahanadi, Tel and Ib. A green cover belt will be created within one km width from river bank along both sides of river Mahanadi, Tel and Ib for 2018-19. Further, the plantation work will be taken up along both sides of Brahmani, Baitarini and Rusikulya river banks for 2019-20,” said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi after the Cabinet meeting.

“Total outlay of the new scheme has been estimated at Rs 448 crore. Out of the projected requirement, Rs 415 crore is meant for plantation activities and Rs 33 crore for non-plantation activities,” added Padhi.

A proposal for approval of tender for a 100 seated new Government Medical College at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district also got the Cabinet nod.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for replacement of existing conventional streetlights with energy efficient smart LED streetlights in urban local bodies of the State on Project Management Consultant (PMC) model.

It further approved a proposal for tender for construction of Multi utility complex and PG Students’ Hostel at Sardar Vallav Bhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatric also known as Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack.

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