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State Seeks Centre’s Nod For Roads Worth Nearly 1300 Cr | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: The state has sought the Union government’s nod for as many as 30 road projects with a total length of over 619 km under the Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF).
The state works department, in a letter to the Union ministry of road transport and highways, has sought Rs 1269 crore to implement the 30 road projects. Official sources said funds have been sought for improvement of major district roads and state highways.
Under CRIF, the Union ministry of road transport and highways sanctions funds to states and Union Territories every year to take up major road projects. Cess is imposed on commuters on these roads while the amount is utilized for maintenance of these roads, said an official source.
The state government has sought funds for strengthening major roads in almost all the districts. Some of the key roads for which funds has been sought include widening and strengthening of Haldipada NH-16 to the West Bengal border (17 km) in Balasore district, strengthening of Khaprakhole-Hanshankar road (13 km) in Balangir district, improvement of NH-53 to Reamal via Kansar (10.86 km) and widening and strengthening of Patnagarh-Khaprakhole-Harishankar road (28 km) in Balangir district. “The road projects, approval of which have been sought, are significant for economic development of the respective regions. Since Odisha is a leading state in implementation of projects sanctioned CRIF, we are hopeful that the Centre will sanction these projects for the 2022-23 financial year,” said a senior government official.
Apart from national highways, the state works department is responsible for the improvement of state highways, major district roads and bridges under different schemes funded by the state and the Centre.
Official sources in the works department said it has spent over Rs 19,000 crore during 2016-17 to 2021-22 for improvement of over 9,000 km of different kinds of roads and nearly 250 bridges. In the 2022-23 financial year, it has targeted to improve over 1,500 km of road projects and 33 major bridge projects.

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