Staff Reporter

A major part of the fund will be sourced from JNNURM

The projects is likely to complete by 2011

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa Government here on Tuesday formally launched the ambitious integrated sewerage system for the capital with the total cost estimated at Rs.754.23 crore.

Targeting a city population of 22 lakhs by 2041, the project envisages laying of 412 km length of underground gravity sewer for collection of sewage throughout the city in uncovered areas.

Launching the project, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the capital city, which was fast expanding with establishment of an IT investment region on the horizon, the State Government was giving thrust to development of basic urban infrastructure and other civic amenities. The multi Rs. 100 hundred crore project would help improve the sanitation in the city, he said.

A major component of the fund would be sourced from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), a Central Government scheme. The funding from JNNURM will be to the tune of Rs. 399.13 crore and the Orissa Government will give its share of Rs. 99.78 crore. Besides, the State has also sought Rs. 140 crore from 12th finance commission grant.

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has been roped in by the State Government for a soft loan at 0.75 per cent rate of interest to pay its share which will be paid over 40 years period with 10 years of moratorium. The new sewerage system was planned by dividing the city area into six sewerage districts with an independent sewerage network, pumping system, sewage treatment and disposal system, said Arun Panda, secretary of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Area covered

The project area of 145 square kilometer would include all wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and fringe areas covered under city master plan.

According to the HUD Department, work had already started for sewer laying works in three sewerage districts and Chennai-based East Coast Constructions and Industries was awarded works for the purposes. These projects were targeted to be completed by 2011.

Industries and Rural Development Minister Biswa Bhushan Harichandan, Urban Development Minister Kanak Bardhan Singhdeo and BMC Commissioner Aparajita Sarangi were present.