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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Cuttack: The ring road surrounding Cuttack will be expanded to a six-lane way, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced while reviewing developmental projects at Hadia Patha in the Millennium City on Thursday.

Patnaik announced a slew of new projects including a new decongestion plan to build an ecologically viable residential project on the 424 acres of reclaimed land near the banks of Mahanadi on the sidelines of his visit to Cuttack to commemorate Netaji Subash Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary.

The Chief Minister said that 424 acres reclaimed from the Mahanadi river will be utilised to add ecological, recreational, sporting, cultural, aspirational, technological value to the life of the people of Cuttack.

"The reclamation of land from our lifeline Mahanadi has created once in a lifetime opportunity to breathe fresh life into the core of our ancient city," he said.

He said it will be the state government's endeavour to prepare a decongestion plan for Cuttack to enable the millennium city to have wider roads, better accessibility, public spaces and utility, parks, modern urban infrastructure, parking, greenery etc.

The Chief Minister said the state government's objective will be to have greenery and open spaces in most of the reclaimed area and utilize the rest of the land for development purposes, surrounded by an international class riverfront.

"In this transformative process, we will engage the best-in-class city planners and also take feedback from the people so that they actively contribute to make it a Citizen's Plan," he added.

During the occasion, the CM also declared that the renovation work of SCB Medical College and Hospital will commence from March this year.

"Work on SCB Medical College will begin by March and the Ring Road in Cuttack will be a six-lane road," said Patnaik after reviewing several projects for the city.

Earlier, the State government had announced a Rs 1,000 crore package to transform state-run SCB Medical College and Hospital into an "AIIMS Plus" institute in Odisha.

(With Agency Inputs)


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