Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today launched 100 more urban piped water supply projects, eight new aahar kendras (cheap meal centres) and a city bus service between Jeypore and Koraput towns.
Naveen Patnaik had dedicated 100 urban piped water drinking projects in the first phase. A 10-million-litre-per-day (MLD) capacity water treatment plant has also come up at Paralakhemundi, the district headquarter town of Gajapati.
“This will immensely benefit the people of Paralakhemundi as they will get sufficient drinking water from now,” said executive engineer of the public health engineering department (PHED), Berhampur division, Sitaram Panda.
Dedicating eight new ‘Aahar’ centres in urban areas, he said Housing and Urban Development department had launched the programme in five municipal corporations on April 1, 2015 to provide cooked meal (steamed rice and dalma) at Rs 5 per meal to the poor and needy people.
Newly launched Aahar centres were located at Udala and Karanjia in Mayurbhanj district, Anandpur in Keonjhar district, Nilagiri in Balasore district, Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district, Chandikhol Chhak in Jajpur district, near Pattamundai in Kendrapara district and Konark in Puri district.
Besides, the Jeypore-Koraput-Sunameda city bus service would benefit the people of the region in a big way, Patnaik added.