Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das had submitted a proposal to Surface Transport Minister Kamal Nath for construction of National Highway and PWD roads, for which Rs 822.64 crore have been sanctioned by the Ministry. Das expressed his gratitude to Minister Kamal Nath and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on behalf of the people of Kalahandi and Nuapada. Das had a discussion with Kamal Nath where he had expressed his concern over the dilapidated roads of the district before submitting his proposed package. Das had submitted a proposal for Rs 334. 64 crore for Bargarh-Boriguma National Highway-201, Rs 375 crore for Raipur to Gopalpur NH-217 and Rs 113 crore for Kalahandi and Nuapada PWD roads. For NH-201 Rs 109.64 crore from Chancher to Kesinga Rs 50 crore, from Kesinga to Belgaon Rs 95 crore have been sanctioned by the Ministry. For NH-217 from Amath to Urladani Rs 200 crore, on the road from Kurmipuri to Komna Rs 95 crore, from Badmaheswar to Bhalumunda Rs 80 crore have been sanctioned. Speaking to mediapersons here, during his two-day visit the MP said the money has been sanctioned for the surveyed portion of the roads of Kalahandi and Nuapda and the unsurveyed portion would soon be completed. He further said that for Kalahandi and Nuapada PWD roads, from Junagarh to Kalampur Rs 25 crore, from Baldiamal to Dharmagarh Rs 25 crore and from Nuapada to Paikmal road Rs18 crore was sanctioned by the Minister. The revised estimate of Hati River bridge near Junagarh would also be completed within seven to eight days. For lift irrigation project, discussions are going on between State and Central Governments are going on where extension of Left and Right Canal of Indravati project and lift irrigation for Koksara would be sanctioned very soon by Central Government. Around 250 PMGSY roads would be constructed in different blocks in the district. Within two to three years quality roads would be constructed in all the villages and main roads, the MP informed.
Source: The Pioneer