Odisha govt. has decided to create a green belt along the banks of major rivers such as the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani and Rusikulya rivers. So, the state govt. has launched this Green Mahanadi Mission in order to rejuvenate the rivers. The total outlay of this new scheme is estimated to be around Rs. 448 crore and is proposed to be implemented in 5 years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.
During this period, the state govt. will cover 41300 ha of area and 1041 RKM avenue plantation. The left-out areas of Mahanadi which includes Tel and Ib rivers are to taken up during 2019-20.
The proposal to implement LED street lighting in all urban local bodies has also been approved in the cabinet meeting chaired by CM Naveen Patnaik of Odisha.
Odisha Green Mahanadi Mission
Green Mahanadi Mission has been launched in Odisha to create green belt across major portions of the river. This green cover will lie within 1 km width from the river bank along both sides of the rivers Baitarani, Brahmani, Rushikulya and their tributaries and distributaries for 2019-20. The leftover area of Mahanadi, Tel and Ib would also be taken up during 2019-20.
During the period from 2018-19 to 2022-23, it is proposed to cover 41300 ha and 1041 RKM avenue plantation out of which 10000 ha will be used under AR plantaion, 30000 ha for Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), 1300 ha for bamboo plantation. The total project cost for Green Mahanadi Mission is Rs. 448 crore out of which Rs. 415 crore is meant for plantation activities and Rs. 33 crore for non-plantation activities.
At the state level, the progress of implementation of green mission is going to be monitored by a 12 member committee headed by the chief secretary. In addition to this, the state govt. will perform regular monitoring of Green Mahanadi Mission at district and block levels.
CM @Naveen_Odisha cleared a ₹448 crore plan to create green cover along the rivers. Green cover will be created along 1 km in both sides of Mahanadi, Tel and Ib. Plantation work will also be taken up on both sides of Baitarani, Brahmani, Rushikulya and their tributaries.
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) November 10, 2018
Cabinet committee also approves proposal for replacement of existing conventional streetlights with energy efficient smart LED streetlights in urban local bodies of Odisha on Project Management Consultant (PMC) model. The main aim is to replace all conventional streetlights in all urban local bodies to make urban roads safer.
Around 2.38 lakh streetlight points will be replaced to meet national benchmark norms of street lighting programme. The cabinet committee has approved proposal of works department for tender work to construct 100-seat govt. medical college at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district and a new building at Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack.