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Suryakant Jena

The Centre has approved the proposal for construction of a high-level bridge across Hirakud Dam, informed Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday. According to the sanction order issued by the government, a total of 274 crore of budget has been allocated for the high-level bridge. 

Besides, the Narendra Modi government has approved the 'strengthening of Patnagarh–Padampur Road from 21/160 km to 38/625 km, Gadkari informed through a letter in response to request from Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari. 

The Union government has also given green signal to widening and strengthening of Bargarh–Bhatli–Ambabhona Road from 0/00 km to 20/100 km. 

The cost of all the three projects will be met from the Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF). A total allocation of Rs 368.5 crore has been earmarked for the three projects.

The high-level bridge over the Hirakud Dam will connect Dangaghat under Bhikampalli area of Jharsuguda’s Lakhanpur block and Jarimuli ghat under Ambabhona in Bargarh district, he said.

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