Pradhan performs ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ for 3 NH projects in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today attended the ground breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) for three National Highway projects of 119.5 km which will be built in Odisha at a cost of Rs 2067.5 crore.

The three NH projects include six laning of Bhadrak-Balasore section of NH-5 (New NH-16), six laning of Tangi-Bhubaneswar section of NH-5 (New NH-16) and three vehicular underpasses at Balikuda, Sikharpur and Badachana of Bhubaneswar-Chandikhole section of NH-5 (New NH-16). He also inaugurated various other road projects which will ensure better connectivity in the region besides reducing traffic congestion over the National Highway.

Pradhan assured that the projects will give a boost to State’s economy, generate employment opportunities and help improve socio-economic condition of the people.

Stating that there was a demand for an underpass at Balikuda, Sikharpur and Badachana of Bhubaneswar- Chandikhole Section of NH to reduce traffic congestion and ensure safety of commuters, Pradhan thanked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and NHAI authorities for taking steps in this regard.

The National Highways will also provide better interstate connectivity between West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Pradhan said.

However, the Union Minister alleged that Odisha Government has been creating hurdles in the implementation of several developmental and welfare schemes in the State. “The Centre has been taking steps for growth and progress of Odisha including the development of National and Coastal Highways for better connectivity. Therefore, I urge the Odisha Government to cooperate in the completion of the projects for the larger interests of Odisha,” Pradhan said.

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