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Odisha government has deliberately stalled Rs. 1,36,417 crore worth of Central projects: Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhbaneswar:23/2/19: Odisha government has deliberately stalled Rs. 1,36,417 crore worth of Central projects for narrow and parochial political consideration, thereby derailing the development pace of the State, alleged Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here on Saturday.

Addressing a press meet, Mr Pradhan alleged that the state government is not cooperating to implement the projects in Odisha.

Giving details of the projects, Mr Pradhan said while Rs. 51,395 crore projects of petroleum and natural gas have been obstructed, Rs. 55,563 crore road, transport and highways projects have been stalled in the state.

Besides, railway projects of Rs. 12,286 crore, non-petroleum investment of Rs. 15,413 crore, health and education projects of Rs. 560 crore and tourism and heritage projects of Rs. 200 crore have been obstructed by the state government, he alleged.

Most of the projects are facing land acquisition and clearances pending with the state government.

Mr Pradhan said while 62 letters, including 44 since 2017, have been written by him to the Odisha Chief Minister on various issues, he was acknowledged on only one letter.

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“Odisha has an insensitive and inefficient government, which is not cooperating the Central government for the development of the state,” he added.

He said Paradip could have been the next industrial hub like Jurong Island of Singapore but the state government is not extending its support to materialise the projects coming up in the area.

Speaking on the proposed 415 km of coastal highway in Odisha, the Minister said the Rs. 10,000 crore project will provide vital commercial channels to five ports, IT hubs, electronic park, textile parks and sea food parks lying on the route.

But, the land, environment and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances have been delayed by the Odisha government, he added.

“I moved from pillar to post in the state government to carry forward the coastal highway project. But, no progress has been made so far. After agreeing upon this, the state government has again asked for changes of alignment on Puri-Satapada and Konark-Astarang routes,” Mr Pradhan said.

He alleged that the state government has sought for realignment on the coastal project to benefit certain ruling party leaders, who have land on the route.

“Railway projects of around 1,060 km worth Rs. 12,286 crore have been stalled in Odisha. The railway is facing three major problems – land acquisition, forest clearance and law and order problem in the state,” he added.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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