Union Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi recently laid the foundation stone of a Crusher and Conveyor System at the Mining & Refinery (M&R) Complex of National Aluminium Company (NALCO) in Damanjodi, Odisha.
In tune to the notification issued by the Government of Maharashtra, the GVK run, Mumbai International Airport announced its decision to ban plastic and put forth the guidelines for the ban which came into action on October 2.
One of the first steps taken then was to construct hundreds of cyclone shelters up and down the coast. These shelters, designed by IIT Kharagpur, are built up to a few miles from the seashore. And evidently, they have proved to be storm-worthy. The structures resemble a crab, have two-storeys and are cement-block rectangular building on stilts. Each shelter can hold several hundred people.
Union Minister of Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya has recently announced that the Central Government is planning to extend benefits under the Employee's State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) for construction workers.
Odisha government has directed its Works Department to prioritise the State Highway Development Programme (SHDP) to push up infrastructural development in the state. The State Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra has asked Department to give priority to road projects in LWE districts in the state.
The Odisha government has entrusted a road project, estimated to cost at Rs 1,293 crore, to L&T Infrastructure Development Projects (L&T IDPL). The contract is awarded on a build-operate-transfer basis. L&T IDPL has sought a grant of Rs 465.30 crore for four-laning of the 161.73 km Sambalpur-Rourkela section of the State highway.
Under the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) scheme, the Odisha government is to spend Rs 50 crore during this current financial year. The State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently launched the Mission in the State.
To expedite implementation of 143-km Angul-Chhendipada-Talcher common coal corridor taken up at an investment of Rs 8,000 crore, the Odisha government has announced the formation of an eight-member committee, headed by the State Principal Secretary (Industries) Parag Gupta.