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Mr Nitin Gadkari launches projects worth 6,000 crore in Odisha

Infra News - Published on Fri, 08 Feb 2019

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NDTV quoted Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched a slew of highway and port projects worth INR 6,000 crore in Odisha and said another INR 2.5 lakh crore would be pumped in to boost the infrastructure here but the state must cooperate by expediting land acquisition process.

The Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources Minister laid foundation for three national highway projects worth INR 2,345 crore at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district of Odisha. These projects include four-laning of the Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section of NH 200/23, Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of NH 200 and Duburi-Chandikhole section of NH 200, the officials said.

He also inaugurated a port project worth INR 431 crore and laid foundation for six others worth INR 3,206 crore in total at a function at Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district.

Stating that the length of national highways in Odisha has more than doubled in the last four years from 4,632 km in 2014 to 9,426 km in 2018, Mr Gadkari said the Centre is now spending nearly INR 1 lakh crore on laying national highways in the state.

He said the Centre is strengthening the transport system in the state in all sectors national highways, waterways and seaways to enable Odisha realise its full potential as a mineral rich state.

He added investments worth INR 2.5 lakh crore was going to be made in the near future to further strengthen the state''s transportation sector.

Speaking on infrastructure projects like coastal highway, second bridge over Brahmani river at Rourkela among others which are stuck due to issues like land acquisition, forest and environment clearances, the union minister said the Odisha government should cooperate in addressing these issues.

The union minister said NH projects worth more than INR 6,000 crore have been completed in Odisha. Some of these include four-laning of Sambalpur-Bargarh, Panikoili-Remuili and Bhubaneswar-Puri NH, six-laning of Bhubaneswar-Chandikhol NH, construction of four lane national highway upto Jharsuguda town, construction and strengthening of bridges on NH 57 and NH 59 and some other highways.

Several other projects worth more than INR 4,500 crore are scheduled for completion this year, he said, adding about 1,645 km of NH worth INR 30,000 crore are envisaged under Bharatmala, including 93 km of ring roads around major towns, and their detailed project reports are being prepared, he said.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 08 Feb 2019
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