Jajpur, Sept 24 (LocalWire): Three years have lapsed since funds were sanctioned for widening the 40-kilometer-long National Highway 53 from Chandikhola to Duburi but work is going on at a snail’s pace due to the slipshod attitude of National Highway Authority of India officials.
On Monday former minister and ex-MLA of Sukinda, Prafulla Chandra Ghadei and others demonstrated in front of the NHAI authorities in Bhubaneswar and demanded completion of the construction of road-widening.
The stretch is replete with hundreds of potholes, causing inconvenience to commuters while road accidents claimed 56 lives on this stretch.
‘The residents are demanding that the road is repaired and the work is completed soon. However, the authorities did not repair the road or start construction on the highway,’ said Ghadei.
‘Two years back I wrote a letter to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and urged him to expedite the Chandikhole-Duburi stretch.
But the construction is yet to be started properly.
The authorities did not sanction any major repair work on this highway on the pretext that four-lane was in pipeline.
This led to further deterioration of the highway,’ added Ghadei.
In 2015 NHAI entrusted the construction of the four lane highway to a Spanish construction company Corsan Corvium.
But they did only five percent work till 2017 January on the pretext of financial problems for which NHAI terminated the contract with the Spanish firm in March 2017.
Somyajit Samal a senior engineer of NHAI said, ‘We entrusted Gammon India Construction to start work at a cost around Rs 500 crores.
It would take two-and-half-years for the company to complete the work.’