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Odisha govt not clearing infrastructure projects: Nitin Gadkari

BHUBANESWAR/ DHENKANAL: Union minister for street transport and highways and transport Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday criticized the state govt for the delay in land acquisition, in addition to woodland and setting clearances, for infrastructure projects.

“In Odisha, a number of projects such as the coastal freeway and the second bridge over the Brahmani in Rourkela were behind schedule for the reason that state govt isn't giving land and woodland and setting clearances,” Gadkari mentioned after laying the root of three nationwide freeway projects totalling 132 km and worth Rs 2,345 crore, at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district on Wednesday.

He suggested the state to offer the clearances briefly in order that more projects may just arise. “We can get started development of the coastal freeway within the subsequent four months if we get clearances from the state,” he mentioned.

Industries minister Anant Das brushed aside Gadkari’s allegations and mentioned, “It isn't true that the state govt isn't giving clearances or blocking land acquisition. We are bearing in mind all projects with due diligence.”

The 451km coastal freeway challenge — which connects Gopalpur in Odisha with Digha in West Bengal — has develop 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 challenge. State knowledge and public family members minister Pratap Jena had mentioned the BJP-led govt at the Centre was desperate to start out the tendering procedure in order that BJP may just get money to spend within the elections.

On Wednesday, Gadkari announced that a 262km waterway combining the Mahanadi and the Brahmani will be evolved from Kalinganagar to Dhamra through Paradip at a price of Rs five,000 crore. He additionally inaugurated port projects worth Rs 431 crore and laid the root of six projects worth 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 just not in additional than 50 years.”

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