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State road construction makes substantial progress




 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed the Works Department to ensure the quality of construction of State roads through close monitoring.

Chairing a State Level Empowered Committee Meeting at State Secretariat here, Padhi also directed the Department to complete the Biju Express Way project by June, 2019.

Sources said, the construction of roads under State Road Projects has made significant progress during last one year.
Works Secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan, who outlined the issues and presented the updates for discussion said   that in the past one year the State High Way No-16 stretching over 86 kms from Bhawanipatna to Khariar has been completed and opened to traffic at an investment of around Rs.115 crore.
Similarly, four bridges over River Tel have been opened to traffic with a total expenditure of Rs.32 crore while 41km road from Berhampur to Taptapani costing around Rs 95 crore has also been opened to traffic, the sources quoted Pradhan as saying.
Substantial progress has been made in construction of the road from Jagatpur to Nischintakoili (25Kms) and Nischintaloili-Duhuria (24km) estimated at around Rs.205 crore, they said.
The work package from Chandbali to Kendrapara (56.5km) estimated at around Rs.170 crore has been expedited with 16 kms nearing completion, they said adding the work from Bhadrak to Pirahat (27.5km)  and Pirahat to Chandbali (17.5km) is progressing fast.
Nearly Rs174 crore has been invested in all these works during last one year from July, 2016 to May 2017, the sources said and added, the State Road Project plan was prepared including these nine 9 roads.
Pradhan further appraised that the construction of Biju Express way stretching over 656 kms from Rourkela to Chamdili has been expedited.
Required fund for the project costing nearly Rs 3200 crore has been provided by State Government.
Notably, this road project, envisaged by Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik, has been planned as an ‘economic corridor’ between Jagdalpur and Rourkela.
This is expected to connect the districts in the western quadrant with the ones in the south, the sources said.
The road will connect Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh with KBK’s Koraput, Nabrangpur, Kalahani and Nuapada.
The road from Rourkela to Nuapada starching over around 355 kms will be made 4 lane and the balance road from Nuapada to Chamdili connecting Jagdalpur of Chhattisgarh will be made 2 lane.
The road from Rourkela to Sambalpur is nearing completion and expected to be commissioned by December this year while work in the remaining portion has been expedited for completion by June 2019, the sources added.
Additional Chief Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Dr. Chandrasekhar Kumar, Principal Secretary Law Bibhu Prasad Routray, Chief Engineer Om Prakash Patel, Executive Engineer Odisha State Road Project Manoranjan Mishra and senior officers and engineers from concerned departments participated in the discussions.





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