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WODC Chairman Visits Boudh and Subarnnapur, Reviews Progress of Development Initiatives

Bhubaneswar, 20/05/2023:The Principal Advisor to Hon’ble CM and Chairman WODC Shri Asit Tripathy today arriving at Boudh on a one-day visit went to Krushak Bazar running at RMC Yard. Sri Tripathy interacted with the farmers, who were selling vegetables and fruits during his visit. They expressed their satisfaction on the existing infrastructure. On every Sunday the wholesale Bunakar Bazar is functioning in this market yard, wherein the weavers in and around the district and adjoining District used to assemble to sell their products. visited the ‘Millet Shakti Cafe’ operated by 2 WSHGs namely Durga Devi SHG & Trinath Baba SHG. The members briefed him about the growing demand of the millet-based snacks and meals. While one MSG engages in preparing Millet based snacks, the other prepares meals with Millet. He inspected the 300 bedded hospital at Boudh which is under construction at a cost of Rs.98cr. The construction work which had commenced during August,2022 is targeted to be completed by end of 2023. Shri Tripathy instructed the executing agency to involve the local labors on priority basis to expedite the work. He also visited the ICU constructed out of WODC Fund for Covid-19 management, recently augmented to 20 bedded aspirational level kidney dialysis unit which is going to be made functional in the Old Jail building by the 1st week of June 2023. Sri Tripathy interacted with the CDM&PHO and other medical staff regarding their preparatory measures for such critical care.

The Chairman, WODC reviewed on-site the progress of ‘Paschima Bhavan’ the Cultural Auditorium and Sports Complex. WODC has provided an assistance of Rs 5.50 Crore for the project. Shri Tripathy also discussed with the Executing Agency for expediting the construction to complete the work by the proposed timeline. During the visit he reviewed the District Officials in Boudh Collectorate Conference Hall, especially on promotion of entrepreneurship in Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Resources and MSME sectors. He focused on augmenting the involvement of Mission Shakti and ORMAS for diversification from the traditional income generation patterns. Collector, Expert Members, CEO and TC, WODC were present during the review. Shri Tripathy advised the line department officials to work in a convergence mode with team spirit for achieving economic transformation taking into consideration of the available resources. He impressed the District Administration to involve the PRI members & FPOs for identification of the potential entrepreneurs in the district. He also visited the Mission Shakti Fitness and Happiness Club recently opened in the premises of Collectorate. A very unique of its kind the club provides access to advanced Gym equipment along with Yoga and meditational training sessions by subject experts.

In the afternoon Shri Tripathy visited the Raja Bandha located at village Chandrapur in Boudh District accompanied by Collector Boudh. It is a scenic and huge water body covering about 300 acres of land, Raja Bandha can further be developed in a convergence mode of funds from different schemes. The Collector was advised for ensuring construction of some more bathing ghats with steps and platforms for picnic purpose, etc. Footfalls of visitors can be assessed for boating facilities in future as the famous Chari Sambhu Temple is only 2 KM away from this location. After completion of his tour to Boudh, Shri Tripathy visited the construction site of WODC Handloom Mall, Sonepur located at Jhinki adjoining to NH -57 with a project cost of Rs 6.45 crores. I/C Collector, Subarnnapur was advised to develop the adjoining waterbody site by making it a composite project as per approved DPR with convergence of initiatives of various departments. Dr Ajit Kumar Mishra, CEO, WODC, Sri Satya Ranjan Sahu, Collector Boudh, Technical Consultant Shri Sunil Kumar Nayak and Expert Members were present during this visit.

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