Cuttack: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the much awaited bridge – constructed on the Mahanadi River – connecting to Choudwar and Dhenkanal from Cuttack.
Patnaik dedicated the bridge that has been named after Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, to people of the state on the auspicious occasion of 83rd Utkala Dibasa.
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With construction of the 3.13-km-long Madhusudan Setu, the trip to Dhabaleswar temple, Choudwar and Dhenkanal from Cuttack will be smoother.
The bridge connecting Cuttack, Nuapatna in Choudwar and Dhenkanal has been constructed at expenses of Rs 150 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, “I dedicate the Madhusudan Setu that has been named after Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, who had played a key role in formation of Odisha, to people of Odisha.”
The bridge has been constructed at cost of Rs 150 crore, entirely from state’s own resources. It will reduce the distance between Cuttack and Dhenkanal by 16 km and the devotees can visit Lord Dhabaleswar shrine comfortably, he said.
“I have been laying emphasis on the infrastructure development. Total 318 mega bridges have been constructed during 17 year-rule of the BJD government. In the past three years, 108 bridges out of which seven have been built on the Mahanadi River. The construction work of five bridges is in progress on the River,” the CM said.
Total 25,000-km road has been constructed across the state by the year 2016-17. Recently, Biju Expressway connecting Rourkela and Sambalpur was inaugurated.