Berhampur, December 6 (LocalWire): The 450 km long Odisha coastal highway project is likely to take off soon with the state government agreeing to the realignment proposal of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
The NHAI had suggested realignment of the highway at strategic spots from Satpada to Digha via Puri-Konark-Astarang-Ratanpur-Dhamara-Basudevpur-Chandipur, which had earlier been turned down by the government.
The works department in a recent official communication has asked the highway authorities to engage consultants to draw out the realigned plan and expedite the implementation of the project.
The road realignment from Gopalpur to Satapada via Chilika lake will be reviewed later for environment clearance, the letter stated.
The proposed 450 km highway from Gopalpur in Ganjam district to Digha in West Bengal is estimated to cost around Rs 4,500 crore.
While the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the coastal highway was prepared three years back, its construction is yet to start due to several of factors, including environment clearance, sources said.
The construction of Odisha’s longest bridge over Chilka is one of the major highlights of the project.
The proposed bridge at Satapada-Chilka would be 2.9 Km long and will surpass the Mahanadi river bridge on the fringe of Cuttack city, which happens to be Odisha’s longest river bridge at present.
The proposed highway will connect places like Ratanpur, Satapada, Korak, Astrang, Chilika, Satabhaya, Dhamara, Basudevpur, Talapada, Chandipur, Chandaneswar, and Digha.
The highway will run 29 km through Ganjam district, 153 km come in Puri district, 54 km in Jagatsinghpur, 49 km in Kendrapara, 61 km in Bhandrak, 99 km in Balasore district, and 6 km of East Medinipur in West Bengal.
More than 178 villages in all these districts would be connected by the road. There would be bridges over river Rushikulya, Palur sahib canal, Chilka lake, river Dhanikhiya, Nua, Khushabhadra, Kadua, Devi, Hansua, Mahanadi, Gobari, Patashala, Brahmani, Baitarani, Mantei, Panchapara, Dubdubi, and Subarnarekha rivers.
Besides, bypasses would be constructed near Bajrakote, Maludkhas, Brahmagiri, Rebana Nuagoan, Konark, Gagua, Jarimul, Gula, Basudevpur, Anantapur, Gopalpur, Rasalpur and Panchupali, NHAI official said.
The road would provide a boost to tourism and industrial activities in the region. It would also serve a high way linkage to all ports in the State.