Statesman News Service
Bhubaneswar, 7 February
Mr Anil Swarup, who heads the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) to oversee Cabinet Committee Infrastructural (CCI) projects in Odisha has assured to take up issues related to various clearance including forest and environment in the appropriate fora, claimed senior state government officials here.  
Mr Swarup, an additional secretary in the Cabinet secretariat reviewed the projects, along with chief secretary Mr Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, here yesterday.
Official sources informed that around 49 projects in coal, railway, power, national highway and steel sectors were reviewed. “The issues relating to forest diversion, forest clearances, environmental clearance, possession over acquired land, tree cutting, perspective licenses, raw material linkage and power supply etc were discussed in the meeting,” said an official.
It was informed in the meeting that the matters relating to forest and environmental clearances, other statutory clearances and land acquisition have been accomplished within timelines due to constant follow up by the state government.
Observing that there has been a lot of optimism all around due to progress of the projects, chief secretary Mr Mohapatra claimed that last mile facilitation is done through collaborative efforts.
“We have decided to set up a project monitoring group at the state level for monitoring of the small investment projects along with CCI projects,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that the CCI has been set up to fast track the large investment projects in different states.Mr Mohapatra urged upon the companies having tree cutting clearances to retain as much trees as they could which would ultimately help them in enhancing green coverage.
The large infrastructural and investment projects like Haridaspur-Paradeep rail link, Vedanta Aluminum Ltd-expansion of alumina refinery, Aditya aluminum smelter of Hindalco Industries Ltd.  Jharsuguda-Rengali doubling etc were discussed in the meeting which was attended by secretaries and other senior officials of different state government departments.