Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has cleared six infrastructure projects for the state, including the long-awaited Capital Region Ring Road (CRRR).
Aparajita Sarangi, a Bhubaneswar Member of Parliament (MP), met Gadkari in Delhi on Wednesday and submitted three recommendations to him for approval. Sarangi asked Gadkari for permission to build a flyover at Cosmopolis Square, two footbridges between Hotel Crown and Satsang Vihar, and the Capital Region Ring Road (CRRR) project .
"I am pleased to inform you that, as requested by the inhabitants of my constituency, I have sought clearance for a flyover at Cosmopolis Square, Two FOBs between Hotel Crown and Satsang Vihar and the Capital Region Ring Road (CRRR). Many thanks to Minister Nitin Gadkari, all are permitted," Sarangi tweeted.
Last year, the state government authorized the alignment of the CRRR, Which will give parallel connection to National Highway NH-16 by avoiding Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Athagarh, Cuttack, and Choudwar. It will begin on NH-16 at Rameswar, travel via Govindpur on NH-55, and end on NH-16 near Tangi.
The 111.2-kilometer CRRR is intended to be built as a 6-lane road with a massive six-lane bridge over the Mahanadi River. The greenfield project has been presented with the goal of having the least amount of impact on forest areas, eco-sensitive zones, and people displacement as a result of land acquisition. The state government has decided to contribute Rs 600 crore to cover the cost of land acquisition.
Gadkari has also informed Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari of the Ministry's clearance for three infrastructural projects that the latter had asked. The three projects include a high-level bridge across the Hirakud dam reservoir, road widening and strengthening in Patnagarh-Padampur, and road widening and strengthening in Bargarh-Bhatli-Ambabhona.
"I am pleased to inform you that your proposal for the building of three works has been accepted under the Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF) with a sanction order of Rs 368.5 crore," Gadkari wrote to Pujari, accompanying the Ministry's sanction order. He stated that infrastructure development is at the heart of the government's attempts to spur economic growth.
"In our pursuit of this aim, my Ministry has initiated the building of a number of highway projects with a greater emphasis on providing better connectivity to rural places in the State of Odisha," the letter said.
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