These NH projects will ensure better connectivity of the mineral-rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts of Odisha with the rest of the state. By reducing traffic congestion and the travel time between places, the projects would help in reducing the operating cost of vehicles and bring down the levels of pollution. All this will help generate employment opportunities in the region and improve the socio-economic condition of the local people.
Addressing the occasion, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “ Modi Government at the center has planned and proposed to build National Highway projects of the total length of 4000 km in Odisha, requested Odisha Govt. to cooperate and provide approval for several pending projects in the state”
He added, “Three NH projects worth Rs 2,345 Cr will ensure better connectivity in the mineral-rich districts of Angul, Dhenkanal, and Jajpur with rest of Odisha and help generate employment opportunities in the region and will also improve the socio-economic condition of local people. The road starting from Kanaktora in Jharsuguda to Dabri to Chandikhol was declared a National Highway by late Shri.Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s Govt. Today the improved NH has been renamed to NH 53 and now it will ensure seamless connectivity and development in the region”.
Pradhan stated that “Two bridges will also be constructed under the project, one at river Brahmani in Jajpur & the other at Angul- Dhenkanal. This will not just improve connectivity but will lead in realizing the dreams of New India & New Odisha will usher a new dawn of economic prosperity in the state.”
After the inauguration, Nitin Gadkari said, “Eastern India is developing faster than ever, Odisha will soon become the engine of growth in India.”
He added, “Industrial development will realize when we have good sea routes, river roads, and road transportation. The central government is taking special efforts in this connectivity spread.”
He proudly quoted the finished projects from Odisha and said, “We are 100% corruption free, transport, time-bound, and result oriented”.
He said, “In the near future we will fulfill our dream of ‘Prosperous Odisha.”