Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated a Rail Over Bridge (ROB) at Berhampur in Ganjam district and laid the foundation stone for a cooperative ginning mill at Digapahandi through video conference.
Addressing the occasion Patnaik hailed the cooperation of the people of Ganjam in containing the spread of Covid-19. He also appreciated the dedicated service of doctors, paramedics and hard work of the district administration in this mission.
The Chief Minister said as an important higher education, health and commercial hub of the southern odisha, Berhampur deserves special focus of the government. To transform Berhampur into a modern city, a lot of initiatives are being worked out. The new ROB constructed at a cost of Rs 27 CR will fulfill the aspirations of the people for a hassle-free communication, the CM added.
The cooperative Ginning mill at Digapahandi will provide jobs to 100 skilled and unskilled workers besides helping cotton growers of the nearby six blocks, the CM said.
The chief minister said Ganjam is slowly returning to normalcy but the danger is not over yet. So Patnaik appealed to people to remain alert and follow the Covid guidelines scrupulously till the fight against the pandemic is over.
Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh. Minister Prafulla Mallick hailed the steps taken up by the Chief minister to start economic activity even during the pandemic. The MP Berhampur, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner. 5-T Secretary and other officials were also present on the occasion.
The Road over bridge from Lanjipali to Engineering school was started in 2015 and completed on schedule. It will benefit more than 40 thousand people.
The RMC Digapahandi’s cotton and ginning and pressing unit is first of its kind in the cooperative sector. It will be set up in PPP mode with total investment of Rs 2.10 crore. The unit will have a capacity to produce 50 quintal lint cotton per day. The unit will employ 100 skilled and unskilled labourers. The cotton producing areas of Digapahandi, Sanekhmundi, Dharakote, Sheragada, Patrapur, Jagannathprasad and Bhanjanagar blocks of Ganjam district will be benefitted by this unit.