Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: With resentment brewing among Rourkela residents, BJP MLA Dilip Ray too vented his anger over inordinate delay in construction of the second bridge on Brahmani River.

Ray has vehemently criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his own party leader and Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari for not fulfilling their promise of early completion of the much-awaited second bridge over Bramhani River.

In a letter to Gadkari, Ray has expressed dissatisfaction citing that despite the project getting PM Narendra Modi’s ‘go ahead,’ it is still languishing in neglect.

“Modi had earlier promised to complete the project in his pre-election speech at Rourkela in 2014 and had reiterated his pledge when he had come to the city on April 1, 2015 after winning the election. However, even after two years of the announcement, darkness looms over the future of the project,” Ray wrote.

Further Ray stated that, “The delay in the project is a dampener in the vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, putting to doubt the sincerity of the project and the delay has put us on the back foot. (SIC)”

Rourkela Jagran Manch today also staged a demonstration in protest of the delay in the execution of the project.

“Only the soil testing has been done and even after five months the project is yet to make any headway,” said Rourkela Jagran Manch president, Amitabh Samal.

Meanwhile, Ray’s letter has provided an opportunity to BJD to train its gun on BJP.

“When nobody can keep PM’s commitment, it shows the intent of the BJP. Everyone in Odisha has realized that BJP always do the opposite of what they promise and now their party’s MLA has also understood it,” said BJD MLA, Subrat Tarai.

Odisha BJP Chief Basant Panda however stated that there might be some delay due to technical issues and the matter would be resolved soon.