Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for three National Highway projects tomorrow (6 January) in Kamakhyanagar located in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha.
The highways will run for a total length of length 132 km and involve an expenditure of Rs 2345 crore. Also, three bypasses, one flyover, 19 vehicular underpasses, nine major and 39 minor bridges with 45 km of service roads will be constructed along the highways to reduce traffic congestion and ensure the safety of road users.
“These NH projects will ensure better connectivity of the mineral rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts of Odisha with the rest of the state. By reducing traffic congestion and the travel time between places, the projects would help in reducing the operating cost of vehicles and bring down the levels of pollution. All this will help generate employment opportunities in the region and improve the socio-economic condition of the local people,” said a government release.
Port Development Too
The Minister will also inaugurate a new Multipurpose Clean Cargo Berth with a capacity of 50 lakh tons/year at the Paradip Port. The project was built at the cost of Rs 431 crore.
Alongside, Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for six new projects at the port, with cumulative costs of Rs 3206 Crore.
The projects are LPG Terminal at South Oil Jetty worth Rs. 690 Crore, mechanisation of 3 coal handling berths at a cost of Rs 1500 Crore, development of new coal import berth at cost of Rs 655 Crore, development of multi-modal logistic park at a cost of Rs 200 crore, connectivity of MCHP and IOHP at PPT – Rs 67 crore and second exit road including flyover from the port at a cost of Rs 94 Crore.