Dilip Ray relents as PMO steps in


NF Bureau:  A long-standing pending demand of the people of Rourkela is going to be fulfilled soon as the Ministry of Steel has transferred budgetary provision for construction of second Bridge over Brahmani River on NH 143 and upgradation of RSP-run Ispat General Hospital (IGH) into a super speciality hospital and medical college.

Dilip Ray took to Social Media and announced it.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ray said, “After a prolonged phase of disappointment, the Status Report and assurance by PMO India regarding Brahmani Bridge & IGH have come as a ray of hope that will, to much extent dispell the cloud of uncertainty. Convey my deep regards to Narendra Modi ji.”

With the funds been sanctioned, all clearances made available and most importantly under the monitoring of PMO, the execution of these projects would be done in an expeditious time frame manner, Ray said.

The senior leader mentioned, “As per the details provided, a budgetary provision of Rs 294.82 Crores has been granted towards the project by the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Steel. In a much-awaited development, the Ministry of Steel has transferred Rs 105.75 Crore for the project of conversion of IGH to a Super-speciality Hospital and PG Medical Education to SAIL and an amount of Rs 98, 27,46,631 (33% of the project cost) has been transferred by RSP to M/S NBFCC for the execution of the project.”

This apart, the PMO office has also assured that the execution of this project will be done in an expeditious time-frame manner and the remaining funds will be sanctioned as soon as possible.”
Regarding the issue of Brahmani Bridge, though the work continues to progress at a snail’s pace, the Prime Minister’s office has committed that the execution of the project will be completed by the financial year 2020-21 and the measures to expedite its execution will be taken at the earliest in a mission mode, the leader said.

Both the projects were announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his official visit to Rourkela in April 2015.

In a big relief for BJP’s Sundargarh Lok Sabha candidate Jual Oram, former Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray seems to have eased his stance with the saffron party.

Worth mentioning, Dilip Ray had quit BJP and resigned from the membership of Odisha Legislative Assembly on November 30, 2018 citing lack of visible progress in the two projects. Both the projects were his election promises.


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