Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 5:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to sanction 24 road projects in the left wing extremism (LWE) affected districts of Odisha.
In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Patnaik requested him for early sanction of the 24 road projects submitted under the Road Requirement Plan, Phase-II (RRP-II).
“Lack of road connectivity has been identified as one of the major infrastructural deficiencies in the LWE affected districts. Improvement in connectivity will greatly help in reaching out to the remote areas and making various services available to the people living there,” Patnaik wrote.
Fourteen projects had been taken up in Odisha under RRP-I. Six of these projects have been completed and five are nearing completion. The work on the bridge at Janbai that will connect 151 cut-off villages of Balimela reservoir is in full swing and will be completed within a year. The work on the Chitrakonda-Janbai-Papermetta road is also under progress and will be completed soon. The proposal for termination of the contract for the 45 km Govindpalli-Salimi-Mahupadar Road including bridge on Chakabuka Nala has been submitted to the Ministry of Road Transport & highways. On their approval, a fresh tender will be invited, he stated.
“Thus the work on RRP-I will be concluded soon and it is time for undertaking the next phase of road development. Under RRP-II, the Odisha government has submitted proposals for development of 24 road projects in the worst affected Malkangiri and Koraput districts. These roads are badly required for having proper access to the LWE affected areas,” Patnaik added.