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Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: A trip to Dhalabewar or even to Choudwar and Dhenkanal from Cuttack will now be a smooth ride as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the much awaited 'Madhusudan Setu' on Mahanadi river on Sunday.

Patnaik dedicated the newly built bridge named after Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das, the architect of modern Odisha to the people of the State on the occassion of Utkal Dibasa today.

The 3.13 km bridge will now connect Cuttack and Nuapatna in Choudwar and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 157 crore, official sources said.

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said that the government has given adequate prominence to the development of infrastructure in the State.

"318 bridges have been constructed in the last 17 years including 108 in the last 3 years in Odisha," said Patnaik.

Patnaik further informed that already seven bridges over Mahanadi has been constructed while the work is on for five more bridges that will connected and serve as lifeline for the people.

The bridge, which has been constructed entirely from state’s own resources, will shorten the Cuttack-Dhenkanal route by over 16 km.

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