National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will take up three NH projects in Odisha of 120 km long with an investment of Rs 2067.5 crore .
National Highway Chief General Manager cum Regional Officer, Bhubaneswar Ram Prasad Panda told news persons here today that the three NH projects included 56.778 km long six laning of Bhubaneswar-Tangi (Rs 806.11 crore), six laning of 62 km long Bhadrak—Balasore section of NH 5 (Rs 999 crore) and construction of three Vehicular Under Pass—at Balikuda, Sikharpur and Badachana of Bhubaneswar-Chandikhole section of NH-5 at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.
He said Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan will lay the foundation stone of Bhubaneswar-Tangi section of the project at a function at Khandagiri tomorrow.
The foundation stone of other projects would be laid by him through video conferencing from Khandagiri on the same day.
All the three projects would be completed within a period of 30 months, Mr.Panda said.
The projects on completion would add to the speedy movement of vehicles, particularly the mining and industrial traffic in exporting materials through ports on the eastern coast of the state like Paradip , Dhamra, reduce travel time , vehicle operating cost and employment generation.
The CGM said as of now Odisha has 31 NH having a length of 5628 km. Out of which 2935 km are under PWD, 1912 km under NHAI and 781 km are yet to be entrusted.
He said out of 1912 km entrusted to NHAI 665 km has been completed. As many as 24 projects worth Rs 23660 crore with a length of 1560 km are under various stages of implementation.
Mr Panda said 1645km of road projects worth Rs 30,000 crore has also been taken up under the Bharatmala project.
The projects included 415 km long Coastal Highway from Gopalpur to Digha, 245 km Raipur-Visakhapatnam corridor, 93 km Capital region Ring Road, 62 km Jamujhadi-Dhamra and 800 km other projects under Bharatmala.
(With agency inputs)