BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to ease traffic congestion in the city and three other major towns, the State Government has planned to develop four ring roads in the coming financial year.
Apart from the ring road project in Capital region, three more ring roads will be constructed in the district headquarters towns of Balangir, Sambalpur and Berhampur of Ganjam district, Rural Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra told the Assembly.
Replying to the discussion on demands for grants of Works Department on behalf of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Patra said five by-pass roads will also be constructed at Manmunda in Boudh district, Kothar in Bhadrak district, Mangapur and Jajpur in Jajpur district and Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters town of Kalahandi.
The Capital region ring road project has been envisioned to reduce traffic congestion on NH-5 passing through Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The proposed ring road will originate at Manguli and connect with Khurda through NH-42 (Cuttack-Puri road). The road would bypass Athagarh, Banki and Khurda to connect the NH-5 at Kodarmal, about 5 km from Khurda town, official sources said.
Though feasibility study for the road project was completed in 2011, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways approved the proposal recently, sources said.
Patra further informed the House that six flyover bridges will be constructed in the State Capital. The proposed flyovers will be constructed at Master Canteen square, Damana chowk, Kalinga Hospital chowk, Housing Board, Kalpana Square and Mausima chowk. Besides, an underground road will be constructed at Rajmahal.
A budgetary provision of Rs 400 crore has been made under the State Highway Development Programme (SHDP). The State Government had approved development of 2,158.26 km of State Highways to two-lane with a cost of Rs 3,000 crore.
Cumulative action has been taken for two-laning of about 1,654 km of roads with a project cost of Rs 2,758.73 crore in 2014-15. The department had completed two-laning of 40.76 km of roads with an expenditure of Rs 162.16 crore, Patra said.
On the development of road infrastructure in five Left Wing Extremism-affected districts, the Minister said the Centre had sanctioned 14 projects for improvement of 615 km roads, including a bridge over river Gurupriya in Malkangiri district at an estimated cost of Rs 970 crore.
While development of over 473 km of roads has been completed with an expenditure of Rs 668.11 crore, the bridge construction work is in progress.