STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 12 August
With successful implementation of phase-I of Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP), Odisha has been selected for phase-II of the project by the Union ministry of forest and environment (MoEF), according to state officials here.
Chief secretary Mr Jugal Kishore Mohapatra chaired a meeting here today to discuss the preparations for the second phase implementation of the programme.
“It has been tentatively decided to scale up phase-II projects to more than Rs 500 crore,” said a senior official.
CS Mr Mohapatra asked the concerned departments to give their specific proposals, while suggesting to formulate realistic and achievable projects.
According to official sources, the annual action plan for 2013-14 involves the projects estimated at Rs 125 crore.
Highlighting the performance of the project, an official informed that as alternative livelihood intervention, 369 SHGs have been identified for support in fishery activities. Of them, technical and skill upgradation training has been imparted to 309 SHGs and first installment of finance of Rs 50,000 to each group has been released.
The major interventions include strengthening of Wetland Research and Training Center at Chilika; protection measures for control of coastal erosion at Pentha in Kendrapara district; conservation of biodiversity and livelihood security through eco-tourism; and development of participatory ecotourism at Chilika and Tampara.
This apart, establishment of Coastal Mitigation Laboratory at Paradip, solid waste management project at Paradip, construction of multipurpose cyclone centres along the coast lines, conservation and improvement of coastal archeological and cultural assets, regional coastal process study and coir training cum production center along Chilika coast are the other major measures under the ICZMP.
The initial and preparatory expenditure on these projects have been around Rs 59 crore.
It may be mentioned here that Odisha is one of the three states of the country, the other two being Gujarat and West Bengal, where the World Bank-funded programme has been launched.
This has been envisaged as a five year project with budget outlay around Rs 220 crore. The phase-I project period has been scheduled up to 2014-15.