Govt aims to complete four laning by 2010

Bhubaneswar: Targetting completion of four laning of National Highway-203 between Bhubaneswar and Puri before 2015, the state government on Wednesday decided to start work from next month, official sources said.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded the contract for the four-laning of a 60-km stretch between Bhubaneswar and Puri of the NH-203.

A total of 227.5 hectare of private land spread over 34 villages needed to be acquired for the project.

Work on the three other NHs would start from February, the chief secretary said.

The other highways to be four-laned were the Sambalpur-Bargarh-Luharchandi (88 km) of NH-6 in Orissa-Chhatishgarh border, the Rimuli-Roxy-Rajamunda section of NH-215 (109 km) and six laning of the Bhubaneswar-Jagatpur-Chandikhole stretch of NH-5 (62 km).

The work on NH connecting Bhadrak-Balasore, Sunakhala-Ganjam and Balugaon-Ganjam would be completed by April this year, the NHAI said.

Orissa has only 3,600 km of NH which included 500 km under the Goldern Quadrilateral Corridor passing through the state.