Work for 46-km ring road, three Railway over bridges, a bus depot and a terminal in Berhampur city of Odisha would start soon.
"We have asked the engineers concerned to expedite the projects," Ganjam district Collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary, who took stock of the projects at a high-level meeting at Chhatrapur over the week-end, said today.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid foundation stone of the projects before the simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.
The collector has also reviewed some other projects like bus stands in Gopalpur and Chhatrapur. These projects would boost development of proposed Greater Berhampur (Berhampur, Chhatrapur and Gopalpur).
While a 13-km long Raghunathpur-Ratanapur bypass road would be constructed by National Highways Authority of India, a 15-km road stretch of Dakhinapur-Lathi-Haladiapadar and a 17-km stretch connecting Mandiapalli-Karapalli and Phulta would be taken up by public works department (PWD).
The department has estimated that Rs 330 crore would be spent for the construction of the roads, said executive engineer, PWD, and nodal officer of the project, P K Das.
Similarly, three ROBs would be constructed at Goods-shed Road, Ankuli and Gopalpur Road. The railways and state government will equally share the cost of the projects.
"While tenders for Gopalpur Road and Good-shed Road would be floated soon, Ankuli project would be put out to re-tender," official sources said.
Tender for Ankuli had evoked no response earlier. The government has sanctioned Rs 75.83 crore for the railway over bridges at Gopalpur Road while Rs 43.29 crore and Rs 44.66 crore has been allotted for Ankuli and Goods-shed Road projects, official sources said.
At present, there are two railway over bridges at Kamapalli-Lanjipalli Road and Haladiapadar. "Construction of the new over bridges is a long-standing demand of locals. We hope the traffic congestion in the city will be eased after the over bridges are completed," said Berhampur MLA, R C Chyaupatnaik.
A bus terminal and a depot would be constructed at Haladiapadara, on the outskirts of the city. The lands for the projects have already been identified. Bus stands in Gopalpur and Chhatrapur would also be constructed. All three bus stands and the bus depot will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 26.32 crore, official sources said.