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IRC prepares master plan for Odisha capital

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 19:

Taking note of largescale construction of buildings, drain blockage, traffic jam and frequent road accidents, the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) has prepared a master plan for Odisha’s capital.

Master plan for Bhubaneswar on display at the IRC technical exhibition.
Master plan for Bhubaneswar on display at the IRC technical exhibition.

“In the coming days, construction work of a ring road, more bypass roads and fly-overs would be taken up with in Bhubaneswar with state-of-the-art technology,” Director General of IRC SN Das told newsmen here on Sunday.

Giving details about the master plans for Bhubaneswar, Das said zones will be formed for separation of industrial units, educational institutions, markets, slums and residential places in the city.

Stating that recession of groundwater level in the capital city has become a matter of grave concern, he said the passage of surface water to the ground level has been blocked due to massive use of black top bitumen for construction of roads and concrete for construction of buildings and high rises in the capital city. Apart from this, as the basement of the drains is made of concrete, there is no passage of water to the ground level as they are released in the rivers.

“Keeping this in mind, we have made specific plans to overcome these problems,” Das pointed out.

Replying to a question on the volume of expansion of National Highways and roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Odisha, Das said this will decided by the Centre and the state government.

Talking about the 75th annual session of the IRC being held in Odisha, he said it will benefit about 6000 engineers of the state who will have a thorough exposure to the application of modern technology.