Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 27:
The important 1,205 km-long Ranchi-Vijayawada National Highway, which is expected to usher in economic development in Odisha’s tribal areas and contain Naxal activities in the area, will be completed by March 2017, it was revealed at a review meeting by held here today.
Chairing the meeting, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed progress of work of the Ranchi-Vijayawada National Highway and the Biju Expressway.
Out of the total length of 1,205 km of the Ranchi-Vijayawada National Highway, work on 820 km has been completed while work on the remaining 385 km is in progress on a stretch of 199 km which will be completed by March next year.
For the remaining 187 km, tendering has been completed by the NHAI authorities and work on it will start after the rains, it was revealed at the meeting , said an official release.
Similarly, work on 166 km long stretch of the 650 km long Rourkela-Jagdalpur Biju Express Road is in progress through the PPP mode while 183 km has been taken up by NHAI. Work on the remaining 307 km consisting of the Sohela-Nuapada and Nuapada-Ambapani stretches will be taken up by the state government after the rainy season, the meeting decided.
It was decided at the meeting to construct bridges on these roads using funds available from the Central Road Fund.