Berhampur, Oct 31 (LocalWire): The construction of the much-awaited 46.83 km peripheral ring road on the outskirts of Silk City hit a roadblock due to land hurdles.
The government decided to construct 15.35 kms four-lane road in the first phase from Ratanpur to Haladiapadar via Mohada and sanctioned Rs 25 crore for direct purchase of private land from owners.
Over 198 acres of land, including 169 acres of private land from 13 villages was needed to construct the stretch.
But the construction was stalled as private landowners demanded a higher rate.
‘As the direct purchase of land from landowners was not possible due to their demand for a higher rate, the district administration has now decided to acquire the required land though the land acquisition process,’ said additional district magistrate (revenue) Laxmikant Sethi.
District administration took this decision after discussions with the affected villagers at a meeting held at Chhatrapur recently.
The affected people from nine out of 13 villages attended the meeting.
The villagers did not oppose the construction of the ring road.
‘The construction will start only after the land acquisition process is complete,’ said executive engineer, works division, Berhampur-1 Tapan Kumar Panigrahy.
The proposed 46.83 km ring road was divided in three stretches and will be executed by the Works department, state government and National Highway circle. The exact cost of the total project was yet to be estimated as it would execute by different agencies, sources said.
The ring road project consists of Raghunathpur to Ratanapur (13.68 kms), Ratanapur to Haladiapadar (15.35 kms) and Haladiapadara to Ragunathpur (17.80 kms).
The proposed ring road assumed significance for Berhampur as the city witnesses heavy traffic during peak hours.
Presently there is no alternative route for the vehicles, including the passenger buses to reach the city bus-stand.