Bhubaneswar, July 13: Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on
Wednesday urged the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to develop more
National Highways in southern and western Odisha while setting timelines for
completion of the ongoing NH projects.
senior officers of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. He emphasised
on development of the National Highway from Vizag to Jagdalpur which connects
Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh passing through Sunki, Koraput,
Jeypore, Nabrangour, Buriguma and Kotpad in Odisha.
Vijayawada-Ranchi Corridor connecting Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand and
early completion of Berhampur-Rayagada road development work.
Odisha. They are NH 16, 18, 20, 26, 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 63, 130C, 143, 149,
153B, 157, 220, 316, 326, 326A, 353, 516
and 520. The total length of these roads in Odisha is around 4849.42 km.
While the State PWD has been assigned to develop 3,387 km, the NHAI has
undertaken works for the rest 1462.42 km.
target to complete 489 km roads during the current year. Chief Secretary
directed the department to fix monthly targets for completion of works.
roads and work for 529 km roads is now underway. The bidding process for around
243 km has been completed and the projects for development 596 km are in the
Nalinikanta Pradhan requested officers of the Ministry to sanction the road
projects submitted by the State Government. Out of 44 proposals of Rs 1,047
crore submitted, the Centre has given in principle approval for only 12
proposals of estimated cost of Rs 400.97 crore.
crore under Inter State Connectivity Scheme and two others of Rs 198 crore
under the Economic Importance Scheme.
awarded compensation, forest clearance and DGPS survey were discussed.