Dharmendra urges Centre, Odisha Govt to expedite Rourkela Smart City Projects


TNI Bureau: Union Minister for Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has sought the intervention of both the Centre and Odisha Government for accelerating projects under the Rourkela Smart City Limited (RSL).

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In separate letters to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the Pradhan urged the odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and MoS Commerce & Industry Hardeep Singh Puri for their personal intervention in expediting the Rourkela Smart City project in Odisha.

Concerned about the tardy progress in Rourkela Smart City project work Dharmendra said in the letter that “Rourkela’s progress in the Smart City Project is a matter of great concern. Government of India and Government of Odisha have sanctioned Rs 376 crore (Rs 188 crore each) to RSL from 2015-16 to 2017-18 for the project. However, of the total sanctioned funds, only Rs 22.23 crores has been spent by the RSL for the project so far of which Rs 16.37 crores have been spent towards consultancy fees and salaries only”.

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