Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 21:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the concerned authorities to complete the expansion of Bhubaneswar-Puri National Highway-203 by March next year.
The directive of the chief minister came at a high level review meeting on the progress of the Highway expansion at the State Secretariat here.
The meeting revealed that about 82 percent of the expansion work of the 67-km Highway between Bhubaneswar and Puri has now been completed.
Of the four bypass roads planned, construction of Bhubaneswar bypass (11.2 km), Pipili bypass (7.5 km) and Chandanpur bypass (4.1 km) road has been completed, while construction of the 10.7-km long Puri bypass road from Harekrushnapur to Mangalaghat would be completed by March next year, sources privy to the deliberations said.
Besides, construction of the ongoing four-lane railway over-bridge at Chandanpur would be completed by March next year, they said.
Apart from this, construction of two bridges over Bhargavi and Daya rivers has been completed while construction of a bridge at Kanchi Nullah would be completed by December.
To ensure smooth movement of vehicular traffic, the meeting decided on construction of a fly-over on NH-5 and NH-203.
Among others, chief secretary GC Pati, Development Commissioner AP Padhi, Works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan and senior officials of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) were present at the meeting.