Naveen writes to Union Highways Minister, requests to sanction 30 road projects

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday requested Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to sanction 30 road projects worth Rs 1,261 crore under the Central Road Fund Scheme.

On December 20, 2018, the State Government had submitted the 30 road project proposals to the Ministry.

In a letter to Gadkari, Patnaik said, “Of thirty project proposals, at least 29 relate to widening and strengthening of roads and one proposal pertains to construction of High Level Bridge over river Subarnarekha at 36 km on Haladipada (NH-16) to West Bengal border.”

“Except for one road project in Puri district which is required for the convenience of tourists, all the other road projects pass through tribal and backward pockets covering thirteen districts of the State. No project has been sanctioned during last year as well as the current year under Central Road Fund Scheme for Odisha,” said Patnaik.

“Keeping in view the importance of the project proposals for development of tribal and backward regions of the State, I would request for favourable consideration of our proposal and early sanction of these projects,” urged Patnaik.

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