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Gadkari announces Rs 35,000 cr Highways Budget for Odisha

Gadkari-Press-MeetUnion Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced a massive budget of Rs 35,000 crore for Odisha, which will be utilised for construction of highways in the state during this fiscal. Out of the total amount, Rs 10,000 crore will be spent by December 2015 and the remaining will be spent by March 2016.

Gadkari has also announced 12 bypass roads for Odisha. All districts in the state will be connected via National Highways. The NH will be extended to Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur, which have been left out as of now. In total, 120 km of Jajpur district and 70 km of Jagatsinghpur district will be covered by NHAI.

The National Highways have identified 1,890 km or roads in Odisha to be constructed in future. Out of these, 500 km of roads will be in Coastal Odisha.

In addition, 5 rivers from Odisha – Baitarani, Birupa, Mahanadi, Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga, will be part of River Interlinking project. More than 1 lakh crore would be invested in creating water transport facilities in the State over the next 5 years.

Nitin Gadkari, flanked by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP’s state unit President and senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra, also announced two major projects for Odisha. A Highway Village will be established near Pipili and Raghurajpur with all modern facilities, fuel station, a helipad and 100 shops to promote Odia food and culture. The NHAI will sought land from the state government to implement this project.

Also, a Transport Nagar will be set up near Berhampur Bypass. It will have a fuel station, cold storage, transport office, shelter places for trucks and other vehicles etc. Gadkari, has however, refused to comment on Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and maintained that centre-state cooperation is needed for the successful implementation of all projects.

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