Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah, and Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik of Odisha jointly inaugurated a significant infrastructure project. The newly completed 51-kilometer Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of National Highway NH-53 has been dedicated to the nation. This crucial road, constructed at a cost of ₹761 crore, is expected to have a major impact. It will connect the coal-rich area of Talcher to the steel manufacturing hub, Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur.
During the event, the Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister also took part in the foundation stone laying ceremony for the expansion and strengthening of the Moter-Banner Road via Ladugaon in Kalahandi. This move is part of the larger vision for a #NewOdisha, which showcases a remarkable transformation across different sectors. The efforts made in Odisha are becoming a standard for others to follow.
Highlighting the importance of connectivity, the Chief Minister emphasized that it is the cornerstone of the state’s progress and the empowerment of its people. He pointed out the example of the Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri, stating that its construction has played a pivotal role in the development of the Swabhiman Anchal region.
The Kamakhyanagar-Duburi highway upgrade and the Moter-Banner Road expansion are seen as significant steps towards boosting connectivity and fostering growth in the region. With the coal and steel industries being vital contributors to the state’s economy, these developments are expected to further stimulate economic activities and improve the overall quality of life for the people of Odisha.