Naveen announces Rs 160 Crore Package for Jaundice-hit Sambalpur

Sambalpur, Dec 24: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced Rs 160 crore package for underground piped water supply project and renovation of culverts for Sambalpur during his visit to the western Odisha city to take stock of situation where the jaundice has created a panic claiming 21 lives so far.

After reviewing a meeting on the alarming situation due to the outbreak of jaundice here with the district administration, CM Patnaik announced a Rs 100 crore package for an underground piped water supply project Sambalpur and additional Rs 60 crore package for the reconstruction of three culverts - Dhobijor, Haradjor and Tangana - that drain into the Mahanadi river.

After meeting, Patnaik also announced that the affected with Jaundice will be provided free diagnostics, treatment and medicines. Also the halogen tablets and bleaching powder will be distributed in the affected areas.

The meeting also decided to set up 5 to 6 plastic water tanks of 6 lakh litres capacity each as an adhoc measure to provide safe drinking water in the affected areas of the town. Moreover, 50 community toilet blocks with 500 toilet seats in each will be set up in different areas to stop the spread of the disease.

The CM also said that a state level team of experts will be stationed in the city for the blood test and water samples test on regular basis for prevention. In order to have a clean town, the government will come up with a modern sewerage disposal/treatment project. He said that the VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla will be declared as an autonomous institution. The notification in this regard will be issued by January 1, 2015. 

The meeting chaired by Patnaik was also attended by Chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, Health secretary Arati Ahuja, Sambalpur collector Balwant Singh and other senior officials of concerned departments.

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