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07 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar: While the fate of the much-sought-after second Brahmani bridge, at the threshold of steel city Rourkela in Sundargarh parliamentary constituency, is hanging in balance, political slugfest between ruling BJD and its bête noire BJP is escalating every passing day.

As BJD supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday dashed a letter refuting that there is no need of any forest clearance and land acquisition for construction of the proposed second Brahmani bridge, Odisha BJP spokesperson Bhrugu Baxipatra on Thursday argued, “As per the Centre and NHAI guidelines, the package one of 29.1 km is single package, single tender and single contractor. Under this 29.1 km, 473 metre length is of Brahmani Bridge and included in the package one. Till forest clearance and land acquisition to this 4.85 km are not available, not only the NH construction work, but also the construction work of the bridge can’t be begun. It’s because of the single tender and single package.”

“BJP today clearly states before the State Government that if today the forest clearance is done, NHAI will start its work from tomorrow itself. Till the forest clearance is held up, the construction work can’t be undertaken at any cost. Despite well-known about the fact, the State Government is repeatedly telling lie on the issue,” the BJP leader lambasted.

On the contrary, BJD party chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy argued, “The application for forest clearance should be submitted with the DFO. Parliamnetary Minister has already informed the House on record that no such application has been submitted with the DFO. There is no need of forest cleance for building of the bridge. Approach road can be constructed later on. There is no problem in building the bridge.”

“They’re resorting to various pretexts. If they are talking about the clearance should go through the paraphernalia instead of lending lipservice. No application is pending with the DFO concerned. Only after the application comes, it would be taken into consideration,” the Government Chief Whip averred.

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Bhrugu Baxipatra, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha

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Bhrugu Baxipatra, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha