Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated the much awaited Biju Expressway from Rourkela to Sambalpur at Jharsuguda.
Patnaik dedicated the Rs 1,292.56 crore project to the people of the State at a special function to be held at Jharsuguda. The four laning of Sambalpur-Rourkela section of SH-10, covering a length of 162 km, is one of the longest stretch of 650 km long Biju Expressway.
“This road project will accelerate the development western Odisha,” said Patnaik.
The project has been executed on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode by L&T Sambalpur Rourkela Tollway Limited (L&T SRTL).
Biju Expressway project, being implemented by Works Department, will be the life line of western Odisha and accelerate the development. The project aims at connecting four districts of western Odisha like Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, and Sundergarh with four KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) districts namely Koraput, Nawrangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
The expressway will also connect many border towns of western and south Odisha like Chandli, Boriguma, Nawrangpur, Papadahandi, Ambapani, Dharmagarh, Sinapali, Behella, Nuapada, Paikmal, Padmapur, Sohela, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, and Rourkela.