Coastal highways of 451 km on anvil

    Coastal Highway
    According to sources, the Detail Project Reports for 451 km ambitious coastal highway proposed under Bharatmala Pariyojna program along the Odisha coast is expected to be completed very shortly, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Chief General Manager Dharmanada Sarangi informed the state recently. According to the plan of the road project, which would connect Gopalpur in south Odisha and Digha in West Bengal connecting over 178 villages in six coastal districts of Odisha and one in West Bengal. The road proposes to join Chhatrapur, Satapada, Konark, Astaranga, Nuagaon, Paradeep, Ratanpur, Satabhaya, Dhamara, Basudevpur, Talapada, Chandipur, Chandaneswar and Digha. Out of the total length of 451 kms, around 29 kms comes under Ganjam District, 153 kms under Puri, 54 kms under Jagatsinghpur, 49 kms under Kendrapara, 61 kms under Bhadrak, 99 kms under Balasore district and 6 km under east Medinipur District in West Bengal. Bridges are likely to come up on river Rushikulya, Palur Sahib canal, Chilka lake, river Dhanikhiya, Nua, Khushabhadra, Kadua, Devi, Hansua, Mahanadi, Gobari, Patashala, Brahmani, Baitarani, Mantei, Panchapara, Dubdubi and Subarnarekha. Besides, by-passes would be constructed near Brahmagiri, Rebana Nuagoan, Konark, Basudevpur, Anantapur, Gopalpur, Rasalpur and Panchupali. The road, which would boost tourism and industrial activities in the region, would also serve a highway linkage to ports across State, he added.
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