Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) would come up with 150 multi-purpose cyclone shelters for about 1,69,000 people across 286 villages in the State under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project-I (NCRMP-I) by 2015.

Of the 37 cyclone shelter sites that require Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance in the State, clearance has been obtained for 34 shelters, said OSDMA in press statement here on Tuesday. The remaining three are awaiting clearance from the Central government.

According to the plan, in the next couple of months OSDMA would focus on awarding contracts for building cyclone shelters and roads and upgrading its institutional capacity to ensure effective implementation.

“Contracts worth about Rs. 90 crore will be awarded by the end of June this year for constructing cyclone shelters and approach roads. It will also augment its institutional capacity by the end of July this year to ensure effective implementation,” OSDMA sources said.

Strengthening and upgrading of 263 km of access roads that will serve 191 cyclone shelters.

OSDMA said rehabilitation and strengthening of 23 saline embankments, with a total length of about 160 km in 6 coastal districts was likely to benefit 2,21,000 people.

Survey

Environmental and social screening for saline embankment projects is underway. Engineering survey for appropriate design of the proposed saline embankment was also going on simultaneously through engineering consulting firms, said the nodal agency to combat disasters said.

Besides, efforts would be made for setting up of early warning dissemination system based on GSM and CDMA mobile technology for coastal communities within 0 TO 5 km of the sea shore.

According to OSDMA, the project was being financed through a $255 million credit being provided by the International Development Association (IDA), World Bank's concessionary lending arm, with 35 years to maturity and a 10-year grace period.

In its first phase, the project will be implemented in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Over a period of time, the Union government plans to implement this project in 13 coastal states in a phased manner.