Gadkari to do Bhoomi Pujan for NH projects worth Rs 2345 cr in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will be at Kamakhyanagar in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on Wednesday to do Bhoomi Pujan for three National Highways projects of total length 132 km, worth Rs 2345 crores.

He will be accompanied by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The projects for which foundation stone will be laid include four laning of the 41.726 km Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section of NH 200/23, (New NH 53 ) at a cost of Rs 795.18 srore; the  51.1 km Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of NH 200 (New NH 53 ) at a cost of Rs 761.11 srore and 39.4 km Duburi-Chandikhole section of NH 200 (New NH 53 ) at a cost of Rs 789.23 crore.

The projects will have appropriate structures to reduce traffic congestion and ensure safety of road users. These would include 3 bypasses, 1 Flyover, 19 Vehicular Underpasses, 9 Major and 39 Minor Bridges and 45 km of service road.

These NH projects will ensure better connectivity of the mineral rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts of Odisha with the rest of the state. By reducing traffic congestion and the travel time between places, the projects would help in reducing the operating cost of vehicles and bring down the levels of pollution.

All this will help generate employment opportunities in the region and improve the socio-economic condition of the local people.