DEMAND FOR COMPLETING INCOMPLETE PROJECTS OF MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS IN ODISHA

ROAD TRANSPORT & HIGHWAYS

29/07/19

SHRI AMAR PATNAIK (Odisha):Sir, about nine stretches of National Highways in Odisha (about 1221 kms.) have been entrusted to the NHAI by
the Government of India for upgradation to four lane standard under different programmes. Out of the above, works in respect of 416 kms. are in progress under the NHAI. Since the last rainy season, the National Highways are in alarming condition which requires immediate repair to keep them in traffic-worthy condition, which is their responsibility. Major bridges over Brahmani on NH-53 (Duburi-Chandikhole section) and over Mahanadi near Bhutmundai on Paradeep-Chandikhole section of NH-53 are in dilapidated condition. Even though the NHAI has engaged contractors for improvement of the work, the agency has not yet started the work. It is apprended that the bridges may collapse at any time resulting in dislocation of communication system on NH 53. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways during 2015, 2016 and 2017 has approved twelve State roads in principle for consideration as new NHs for the State of Odisha, subject to outcome of DPR. Out of these
twelve projects, alignment options in respect of only four works have been approved and the remaining eight projects are yet to be approved by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Government of India. The Ministry is not taking any action for approval of alignment options of the remaining projects and declaration of roads as NHs. I urge that the Ministry should take urgent steps. Thank you.