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Transport Minister launches highway projects in Odisha

The Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched three major highway projects with an investment worth Rs 2,345 crores in Odisha. The projects are aimed at ensuring speedy development in the state.

Feb 6, 2019 16:32 IST
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The Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on February 6, 2019 laid the foundation stone of three major highway projects with an investment worth Rs 2,345 crores in Odisha. The projects are aimed at ensuring speedy development in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, the Transport Minister said that cooperation and assistance of the state government will be essential for proper implementation of a number of projects being taken up by the centre for overall economic development of the region.

Significance

The three highway projects are expected to considerably improve connectivity of mineral-rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts with the rest of Odisha.

The three national highway projects will have a total length of 132 km. They include:

Four-Laning of 41.7-km Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section of NH 200/23 (new NH 53) at a cost of Rs 795.18 crore.

Four-Laning of 51.1-km Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of NH 200 (new NH 53) at a cost of Rs 761.11 crore.

Four Laning of 39.4-km Duburi-Chandikhole section of NH 200 (new NH 53) at a cost of Rs 789.23 crore.

Impact

The new projects will have appropriate structures to reduce traffic congestion and ensure the safety of road users.

The new structures include three bypasses, one flyover, 19 vehicular underpasses, nine major and 39 minor bridges and a 45-km of the service road.

The projects will reduce traffic congestion and travel time, which will help in reducing the operating costs of vehicles and bring down the level of pollution.

The projects will also help in generating employment opportunities in the region and improve the socio-economic condition of local people.

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