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CRRR Land Acquisition Expedited

Bhubaneswar: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Revenue & Disaster Management, Satyabrata Sahu on Saturday asked concerned officials to expedite the Capital Region Ring Road (CRRR) Project on a war footing.

The project will be implemented by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the State Government has decided to provide Rs 600 crore to the NHAI towards the cost of land acquisition for taking up this project, sources said.

The State Government has already approved the alignment for CRRR. The estimated land acquisition cost for the project is Rs 1,200 crore of which the state would provide 50 per cent. The civil work cost of the project will be around Rs 2,500 crore, the sources said.  

The ring road that would originate from near Rameswar will be built bypassing Khurda town, Bhubaneswar, Athagarh town, Cuttack town and Choudwar town. It will be a 112.2km long 6-lane carriageway.

Once the project is completed, heavy vehicles and other traffic can directly move towards Angul-Sambalpur route and also Bhadrak-Balasore line bypassing major towns like Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. 

CRRR alignment will provide an impetus to socioeconomic growth of capital region while ensuring minimal impact on forest areas and eco sensitive zones. The proposed ring road is expected to improve road communication between the twin cities and lessen the number of accidents and travel time, they said.

ACS Mr.Sahu asked the officials to start the land acquisition process for the important project without any delay. He also directed to start land acquisition for the Sambalpur-Nicolas, Puri-Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur-Chatrapur road projects.

In the past four months, land acquisition has been completed for the Panikoili-Rimuli NH project and Rs 237 crore distributed to the people, who have given land for the project.

Similarly, Rs 61 crore distributed to people provided land for the Remuli-Koida NH project. Land acquisition has been completed in 25 villages coming under Koida-Rajamunda road project, while land acquisition in several villages for the NH-6, NH-23, NH-42, NH-130, NH-200 projects.