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BJD, BJP indulge in slugfest over Brahmani bridge construction




 The BJP, BJD slugfest over second bridge over Brahmani river in Rourkela refused to die today with BJP accusing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of furnishing wrong information about Forest clearance for the construction.

BJP spokesperson Bhrugu Baxipatra said at a press conference that as per the Centre and NHAI guidelines, the package one of 29.1 km is single package, single tender and single contractor.

“Under this 29.1 km, 473 metre length is of Brahmani Bridge and included in the package one. Till forest clearance and land acquisition to this 4.85 km are not available, not only the NH construction work, but also the construction work of the bridge can’t be begun. It’s because of the single tender and single package,” he asserted.

Buxipatra said his party will ensure construction immediately if State government facilitates forest clearance soon.

“The NHAI will start its work from tomorrow itself. Till the forest clearance is held up, the construction work can’t be undertaken at any cost. The State Government is repeatedly telling lie on the issue,” the BJP leader said.

However, BJD Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy argued, “The application for forest clearance should be submitted with the DFO. Parliamentary Affairs Minister has already informed the House on record that no such application has been submitted with the DFO. There is no need of forest clearance for the bridge construction. The approach road can be constructed later on. There is no problem in building the bridge.” He alleged the BJP is resorting to various pretexts.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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