Roads On Fast Track

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said improvement of road and building infrastructure in the State is a continuous process for improving socio- economic conditions of the people to enable them to participate in building a modem Odisha. 

Reviewing the progress of the State Works Department here today, the Chief Minister directed the department’s officials to monitor and implement all ongoing projects in a time-bound manner. 

Briefing Media persons after the review meeting, Works Minister Prafulla Mallick said a good road network is the catalyst for development of any civilisation. He said Works Department has been entrusted with the responsibility of improvement and maintenance of 26,843 km road which includes 22,015 km PWD roads and 4,828 km National Highways. Secretary Works Nalini Kanta Pradhan was present in the Briefing.

“Besides, government buildings of the State are also taken up and maintained through this Department. The Department also takes over ULB roads, RD and other department roads in a phased manner to improve them to PWD Standard for providing a good road network to the people of the State’, he said. 
The Minister said achievements of Works Department includes two priority areas of the government including widening of two lane roads of 29.5km to four lane in KBK districts. He said the department has achieved the target of widening 29.5 km length of district head quarter roads in KBK districts to four-Iane standard.

The second priority area is construction of Biju Expressway connecting North to South. Mallick said the Department has made significant progress in construction of Biju Expressway which connects Northern and Southern parts of Odisha and runs through the backward regions of eight Western and KBK Districts for length of 639 km from Chandli to Rourkela. Out of 639 km, Sambalpur-Rourkela section for 163 km has been completed and inaugurated by the Chief Minister.

The balance 476 km constitutes NH portion 182 km and rest is 294 km connecting Shohella to Ampani. 
Mr.Mallick said out of the 294 km, 94 km has been developed to two-lane standard and rest 200 km will be developed to two-lane standard by March 2019 except five major bridges. He said it is targeted to connect Sohella to Nuapada with four-lane roads by March 2019 except 2 major bridges.

"In a nutshell, Biju Expressway will be completed with two-lane standard by March 2019 except the bridges”, he informed. The Minister said during the last 18 years, the Works Department has improved 16,052 km road length and completed 371 bridges including 10 ROBs and three flyovers.
“During the last 4 years, the Department has improved 8,176 km road length and completed 154 bridges including five ROBs and one flyover”, he said, adding during the period the Department has improved 5.60 km road per day and completed three bridges per month (one major bridge and two minor bridges) on an average and completed four major bridges over river Mahanadi. “The department will complete one bridge over river Mahanadi during 2018-19”, the Minister said. 
Minister Mr.Mallick said during last 18 years 10,802 km road has been taken over from other departments out of which 7,825 km (1,145 km ULB road and 6,680 km other department roads) have been taken over. In KBK district, 1861.5 km of road lengths have been improved and 23 bridges completed during last four years.

During the period, some of the major achievements of the Works Department in road sector are completion of 163 km road stretch from Rourkela to Sambalpur under PPP which is part of Biju Expressway, completion of 2.5km long Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Setu over river Mahanadi in record time of 2.5 years, completion longest bridge in the Western Region of Odisha over river IB at the confluence point of Hirakud reservoir, improvement of about 1,500km State Highways to two-lane standard under SHDP, completion of 148 major bridges, 5 ROB's and one flyover.
Similarly some of major achievements in building sector during last four years are completion of 35 way-side amenities centres; three district head quarter hospitals at Jharsuguda, Nuapada and Malkangiri; eight Model Degree Engineering Colleges; and Medical College Buildings at Baripada, Koraput, Balasore and Balangir out of which the Medical Colleges at Baripada and Koraput have been made operational. Regarding development in the Capital Region, the Works Department is a major partner of Smart City Infrastructure Development.

Besides, Development of Road from Airport to Acharya Vihar along with its link roads with Janapath, construction of cycle track for a length of 40 km in view of ensuing World Cup hockey tournament, construction of alternate road network in left side of Jayadev Vihar to KIIT square to ease traffic congestion are some of the major programmes taken up by the Works Department.

The high rise building at unit-V and convention centre in the State Secretariat are two major building projects nearing completion, Minister mr.Mallick said.

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