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Gadkari: State govt not clearing infra projects

Bhubaneswar/Dhenkanal: Union minister for road shipping and highways and delivery Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday criticized the state govt for the prolong in land acquisition, in addition to wooded area and surroundings clearances, for infrastructure initiatives.
“In Odisha, a number of initiatives such as the coastal highway and the second bridge over the Brahmani in Rourkela have been behind schedule since the state govt is not giving land and wooded area and surroundings clearances,” Gadkari mentioned after laying the root of three national highway initiatives totalling 132 km and price Rs 2,345 crore, at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district on Wednesday.

He steered the state to give the clearances briefly so that extra initiatives may arise. “We can start construction of the coastal highway in the next four months if we get clearances from the state,” he mentioned.

Industries minister Anant Das brushed aside Gadkari’s allegations and mentioned, “It is not true that the state govt is not giving clearances or blocking land acquisition. We are considering all initiatives with due diligence.”

The 451km coastal highway project — which connects Gopalpur in Odisha with Digha in West Bengal — has turn into a bone of contention between the state and the Centre. Last month, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan had accused chief minister Naveen Patnaik of stalling the project. State knowledge and public family members minister Pratap Jena had mentioned the BJP-led govt on the Centre was desperate to begin the tendering procedure so that BJP may get money to spend in the elections.

On Wednesday, Gadkari announced that a 262km waterway combining the Mahanadi and the Brahmani can be evolved from Kalinganagar to Dhamra via Paradip at a price of Rs 5,000 crore. He additionally inaugurated port initiatives value Rs 431 crore and laid the root of six initiatives value Rs 3,206 crore at Paradip Port.

Speaking at an intellectuals’ meet in Bhubaneswar, he added, “The Modi govt has completed in five years what Congress may now not in additional than 50 years.”

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