Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view problems of traffic snarls on the existing old and narrow bridge, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today shot a letter to Union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari requesting him to initiate steps for another bridge on river Brahmani near Panposh in Rourkela soon for smooth vehicular communication.
"I would request you to intervene in the matter urgently and direct the NHAI for taking immediate action towards construction of the 2nd bridge over river Brahmani near Panposh on the NH 143 so as to alleviate the traffic congestion on the existing old and weak bridge, in the larger public interest”, Patnaik stated in his letter.
Bringing the sorry state of the old narrow bridge to the notice of the union minister, the CM said the road carries a heavy and congested mining and commercial traffic. "The bridge is in a distressed condition and not adequate to meet the requirement of safe and swift movement of the people and freight", Patnaik mentioned in the letter.
Explaining severe congestion on the old bridge on NH143 connecting Sambalpur and Rourkela, he said movement of coal, minerals and other produces to the steel city are being disrupted. "This would have a detrimental impact on the economy of the State", the letter read.
Meanwhile, Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray thanked the CM for writing to Centre for construction of a second bridge on river Brahmanai, which is a long standing demand of the local people.