Bhubaneswar: The State Government has planned to improve the sanitation system in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, through an Integarted Sanitation Improvement Project in two phases.

The project jointly financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), envisages to have a 236-km sewer line in Bhubaneswar with a total expenditure of Rs 325 crores. Similarly Cuttack will have a 375-km sewer line with a total expenditure of Rs 550 crores.

As per sources, the survey, design and documents for the project has already been sent to JICA.

A subcommitee constituting Chief Engineers of Railways, National Highway Authority of India, Public Works Department and Water Resources Department has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary of the Urban Development and Housing Department, who will work for project clearances in railway crossings, national highway, canal and road crossing.

Moreover it is decided that a laboratory building will be created to spread awareness on sanitation. Along with this three Project Monitoring Units (PMUs) will be created one at Bhubaneswar and two at Cuttack for the smooth and timely execution of the project.

As per sources the phase-I work of the project will be completed in the next three years.