Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 8:
With just 10 days left for the century’s first grand Nabakalebara Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Odisha’s pilgrim city of Puri on July 18, there is a mad rush between the Naveen Patnaik government here and the BJP headed Central government to make hay while the Sun shines in the run up to the event.
As many as four Union Ministers – Nitin Gadkari, Ravishankar Prasad, Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan – will land in Odisha tomorrow to milch the kamadhenu that is Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebara Rath Yatra.
Union Minister for Union Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, will lay the foundation stones for a second road bridge over river Brahmani and NH 143 at Rourkela and also dedicate to the people the NH 203 at Pipili. Significantly, NH 203, which was targeted for completion before Rath Yatra, remains incomplete.
Union Minister for Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad will dedicate BSNL Wi-Fi facilities in Puri.
Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan will join Prasad to lay the foundation stone for Baramunda post office at Hotel Mayfair tomorrow morning.
Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated 12 infrastructure projects at Puri including Malatipatapur bus terminal, a flyover, advanced facilities at district headquarters hospital and Gopabandhu Ayurveda College, CCTV surveillance system, sewerage plant, power project and road expansion projects while principal Opposition parties in the state the Congress and BJP alleged that most of these projects are incomplete.