Odisha Plans to Build 55 Multipurpose Shelters Across 7 Districts
Utilising funds from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, the Odisha Government has sanctioned the construction of fifty-five multipurpose shelters across seven disaster-prone districts of the state, including six in Ganjam. The initiative has been rolled out with an initial corpus of ₹126.88 crores which can be replenished if required.
In order of their allocated share of the shelter houses, Kendrapada leads the pack with 19 houses, followed by Jajpur (11), Balasore (9), Cuttack and Puri (4 each) and Bhadrak (2). After Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the project, the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) wrote to the District Collectors and other officials in the District Administrations, asking them to take prompt steps to secure land for the construction of the said facilities.
Officials in the know said that the Rural Works Department has been entrusted with the job of execution of the work, while the tender process is underway. Laxmipur and Gudisara in Sheragada block, Giria Narayanpur and Chanduli in Hinjili block and Anantraipur and Dankalpadu in Chikiti block from the Ganjam district have already been identified as ideal sites for construction of the cyclone shelters. Around ₹8.49 crores would be invested for the purpose.
Odisha has been at the receiving end of several natural calamities, of which cyclones top the list. After the Super Cyclone of 1999 that ravaged the state, the government has worked on a solid footing to ensure the safety of lives irrespective of the severity of the disaster. The OSDMA and the State Government has received several accolades from both international and national organisations for their adept handling of disasters over the past two decades.