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Odisha Chief Minister announced a Rs 155 crore package for all-round development of Balasore municipality

BHUBANESWAR:14/4/21: Odisha  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a Rs 155 crore package for all-round development of Balasore municipality to fulfil the poll promise he made while campaigning for the by-poll to the Balasore seat in November last year.

The announcement came hours after Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra along with 5T Secretary VK Pandian and Works Secretary Krishan Kumar went on a whirlwind tour to assess the basic requirements for the all-round development of the town.

“Balasore town is one of the main towns in Odisha and it is the birthplace of the famous litterateur Fakir Mohan Senapati. I had promised the people of Balasore that my government will give priority to the development of the municipality area,” he said while announcing the package.


During the bypoll to the Balasore Assembly constituency, he had promised to personally monitor the development of the town. The Chief Minister’s announcement assumes significance as during his virtual campaign on Monday for bypoll to Pipili Assembly constituency, Naveen promised that he would personally look after the development of Pipili-Delang.

Stating that the construction of the teaching hospital of the Balasore Medical College is underway at a cost of Rs 275 crore, the Chief Minister said that work on concrete roads and community hall is being undertaken by the Balasore Municipality. The package includes Rs 70 crore for the construction of a six-lane road from a flyover at Tumulia gate to station square and installation of street lights. Besides, Rs 8 crore has been earmarked for the development of the bus stand at Sahadevkhunta.

The package also includes Rs 14 crore for the construction of a multipurpose indoor hall and swimming pool, Rs 53 crore for strengthening and beautification of the embankment of the Budhabalanga river, and Rs 7 crore for the development of drainage channels and the roads connecting the channels.

Key Highlights:

Rs 8 crore for Sahadevkhunta bus stand
Rs 70 crore for 6-lane Tamulia-Station Chhak road & beautification
Rs 14 crore for multi-purpose indoor hall & swimming pool
Rs 53 crore for Budhabalanga protection & beautification
Rs 7 crore for improvement of drainage system
Renovation of six heritage ponds in Balasore town

Meanwhile, construction works of a hospital building for FM Medical College at Rs 275 crore is already under process.

About Editor in chief

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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