“Progress of National Highway projects in the State is one of the best in the country”, said Union Secretary Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Sanjay Mitra in a meeting with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the Secretariat here today.
The Chief Secretary highlighted the need for sanction of Capital Region Road by passing the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and construction of flyovers at Khandagiri and Gohira Chhak of Bhubaneswar.
Principal Secretary Works, Nalini Kanta Pradhan gave out details on the ongoing projects.
The need for the projects was discussed in detail. The Union Secretary gave in-principle approval to these projects and directed the NH officers to go ahead with preparation of project proposals.
It was decided in the meeting that Samjajpur railway over bridge would be completed before Rathayatra.
The NH from Mangala Ghat to Sterling in Puri would be also made motor-able by that time.
The Union Secretary assured that fly over projects at Gohira and Khndagiri would be approved by end of April of this year.
Mr.Padhi directed that the Collectors would take monthly review of the progress of NH works in their respective districts.
Progress of six NH projects including 4 laning of Panikoili-Rimuli section of NH-215, widening of Chandikhol-Duburi –Talcher section of NH-200, 4 laning of Balasore-Jahrpokharia section of NH-5 and 4 laning of Angul-Sambalpur section of NH-42 and 4-laning of Bhubaneswar-Puri section of NH-203, 6 laning of Bhubaneswar-Chandikhol section of NH-5 were reviewed in the meeting.
Mainly, the issues relating to forest diversion proposals, disbursement of compensations, tree felling permission, permissive possession of government land for the national high way were discussed in detail and necessary decisions were taken. The Chief Secretary set the time lines for implementation of the decisions by the respective departments.
The time lines were also set for the NH projects in pipe line. These projects included 4-laning of Cuttack-Angul section of NH-42, 4 laning of Biramitrapur-Rajamunda section of NH-23, 4 laning of Rajamunda-Barkotesection of NH-23, 6 laning of Chandikhol-Balasore section of NH-5, 4 laning of Teleibani-Sambalpur section of NH-6 and widening of Rimuli-Roxy-Rajamunda section of NH-215. The status of newly assigned 1221 kms of roads to NHAI was also reviewed in the meeting.