Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 15:
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Thursday told the Odisha High Court that the construction of a bypass road between Puri and Bhubaneswar would not be possible before Nabakalebara due to the protest by the locals.
In an affidavit filed on behalf of NHAI director Anil Dixit before a division bench of the court of Justice PK Mohanty and Justice Biswajit Mohanty, it was stated that there has been inordinate delay in the construction of the bypass at Sipasarubali due to protest by the locals of Sipasarubali and Loknath Ghat.
The affidavit, however, said that efforts are on to complete the construction of a railway overbridge near Puri and renovation of Daya river bridge between Puri and Bhubaneswar before Nabakalebara.
The High Court had asked the NHAI to submit an affidavit on the status of the work undertaken by it in reponse to a petition filed by senior advocate Nishikanta Mishra.
It may be mentioned that the NHAI was scheduled to complete the expansion of Puri-Bhubaneswar National Highway by September 2013 in view of the expected footfall of about 40 lakh people to Puri during Nabakalebara in June this year.
Besides, to ensure smooth vehicular traffic during the mega festival, construction of bypass roads at Uttara, Pipili, Sakhigopal, Chandanpur and Batamangala was also planned. However, construction of these bypasses are yet to be completed.
Concerned over the inordinate delay in the completion of these bypasses, Mishra had urged the High Court for its early intervention in the matter.