Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday laid foundation stone for three National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) projects, entailing an investment of Rs 2,607.5 crore, here.
The projects will ensure smooth passage of vehicles, particularly the mining and industrial traffic in exporting materials through Paradip and Dhamra ports and reduce travel time, vehicle operating cost.
The projects for which the bhoomi pujan was performed included 56.77-km long six laning of Bhubaneswar-Tangi (Rs 806.11 crore), six laning of 62.64-km long Bhadrak-Balasore section of NH-5 (Rs 999 crore) and construction of three Vehicular Under-Passes (VUPs) at Balikuda, Sikharpur and Badachana on Bhubaneswar-Chandikhole section of NH-5 at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.
These will include four flyovers, five major bridges, 11 minor bridges and 83 km service road to reduce traffic congestion and ensure safety of road users.
All the three projects will be completed within 30 months.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister the projects projects will help in generating employment opportunities in the region and boost interstate connectivity amongst Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha.