New Highway For State

A New Mega National Highway Project between Raipur-Vishakhapatnam is in pipeline.

Around 240 KMs of this project will run through the districts of Nabrangpur and Koraput.

This will be a green field six lane highway project in Odisha, said Chief General Manager NHAI, Odisha Ramprasad Panda.

Mr.Panda said to Media after a high level meeting was conducted to put the National Highway projects in Odisha on first track.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy took a review of the ongoing projects of NHAI in the State. 

Taking a project wise review Sri Tripathy wanted to know about the problems and bottlenecks, if any, in process of implementation and directed the executing agencies to complete the projects well before the scheduled time by enhancing implementation capacity at the ground level.

Secretary Works Krishan Kumar along with senior officers from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) participated in the discussion.

Presenting details of the projects, Chief General Manager NHAI, Odisha Ramprasad Panda said, “No issue relating to the projects is pending with Sate Government. He mentioned that presently 5753 Kilometers of National Highway(NH) roads are there in the State out of which 1912 KMs are under the charge of NHAI and 2935 KMs are under the charge of State Roads & buildings department.

Additional 906 KMs roads in the State have been declared as NH and they would be soon entrusted either to NHAI or to State for up-keeping. 

Review show, presently 22 number of upgrading projects including 4-laning, 6-laning, fly over and bridge projects are under implementation in the State. Target has been set to complete construction of 366 KMs of NH in the FY 2019-20 with a total estimated cost of around Rs.20,000 crore. Out of this so far 173 KMs have been completed with utilization of around Rs.1651 crore.

Chief Secretary directed to expedite construction works through constant monitoring of the contract agreements.

Four-laning of the Panikoili-Rimuli section of NH 215 (New NH-20) figured in the meeting.

CGM NHAI, Mr.Panda appraised that there was 95% physical progress in the work Out of the total length of around 166 KMs, 4-laning was completed in 152 KMs and 2 laning was completed in 14 KMs. There was no issue pending with State Government for progress of the project. The problems cropped up at the level of concessioner and the lender.

The balance work included around 07KMs of carriage way, three bridges, one elephant under pass and around 09KMs of service roads. He added that the problems would be resolved soon and the balance work would be completed expeditiously.

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