To ease the mounting traffic congestion on the busy Raj Bhavan- Nandankanan square road, the state government plans an elevated corridor (fly over) over the 14-km route in the city.
The 14-km stretch that connects some of the posh localities of the city like Shastri Nagar, Jaydev Vihar, Pal Heights, Nayapalli, Chandrasekharpur, Sailashree Vihar, Niladri Vihar, KIIT– witnesses heavy traffic during office hours and in the evening.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who reviewed the situation here at the state secretariat on Wednesday, directed the works department to conduct a feasible study for construction of a fly over and a parallel alternative road on the route.
Asked whether construction of a 14-km elevated corridor is possible, works secretary, Nalinikanta Pradhan said major cities have constructed similar flyovers to ease traffic congestion.
“We would soon start a survey to look the feasibility for construction of the elevated corridor. Accordingly budget provision would be made in the next budget,” he said.
As construction of a number of crucial bridges including the one over river Kathajodi that would connect the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar hangs fire, Naveen asks the works department to complete in next three months.
Other Roads in the State
The work secretary also informed that main roads in all sub-divisional headquarters across the state would be upgraded to four-lane road.
“Since all the main roads in district headquarters except Malkangiri have been upgraded to four-lane road, the state government is now planning to upgrade all main roads in sub-divisional headquarters to four-lane road,” Pradhan said.
The chief minister, who also heads the works department, directed to complete the 160-km Rourkela-Sambalpur section of the Biju Expressway by March 2017 and to expedite the Sohela-Ambapani section.
He reviewed the status of the Gurupriya bridge in Malaknagiri. The bridge, once constructed, would provide direct connectivity to 151 villages in the cut off areas of the district.
Regarding construction of medical colleges at Koraput, Balangir, Balasore and Baripada, officials apprised that the medical colleges would be ready by June, 2017.
Of the total budget allocation of Rs 4524.42 made in 2016-17 annual budget for the works department, it has so far spent 62 per cent by November.
Courtesy: The Times of India