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Redesign coastal highway: State


Bhubaneswar: Amid political slugfest between BJP and BJD over the proposed 451-km Gopalpur-Digha coastal highway venture, the state executive on Wednesday once again steered change within the alignment (design of the road) plan of the venture ready through the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
After reviewing the alignment plan at a high-level meeting here on the state secretariat, the state executive requested the NHAI to realign positive stretches like Puri-Satapada (50 km) and Konark-Astaranga (28 km).

The Odisha executive requested the NHAI to increase the road on seafront (on the subject of sea) which is able to result in boosting tourism attainable. It had made similar requests to the NHAI in April remaining yr.

“We steered the NHAI authorities that as an alternative of constructing the highway at the existing highway, they will have to realign the plan on Puri-Satapada stretch and increase it 500 metre off the coast following which the state executive will give its approval,” mentioned state works secretary Nalini Kanta Pradhan.

As the NHAI plans to increase the Konark-Astaranga stretch 10-km off the coast, the state executive requested it to make it on the subject of the sea. The state has additionally requested NHAI to increase two signature bridges inside the Chilika lake without hampering the marine habitat.

The NHAI authorities did not remark at the issue after the meeting with state executive officials.

The highway is to be constructed underneath the Bhratmala Pariyojana of the central executive at an estimated cost of Rs five,000 crore. It will provide connectivity to 178 villages in Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore.

The issue has furthered fueled political tug of conflict between the BJD and BJP as Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan criticized leader minister Naveen Patnaik of hindering the venture deliberately. Pradhan additionally criticized the state works secretary accusing him of getting busy in political works.

It took months for the state executive to check the alignment plan and give ideas for amendment plan. They will have to settle for publicly if they aren't at the venture, the Union instructed newshounds in New Delhi.


Hitting back at Pradhan at a news convention here, BJD leader Sanjay Das Burma mentioned the Centres coastal highway plan is a betrayal for Odisha.


The Union minister (regarding Pradhan) is more serious about doing politics over it as an alternative of trying for the venture. The allegations leveled through the BJP leaders over the venture are baseless. People of Odisha would give a befitting reply to the BJP for this false promise, mentioned Das Burma.


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