06 February 2019
Paradip/Dhenkanal: During his day-long visit to Odisha today, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping & Water Resources Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid foundation stones for a number of projects at the port town Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district and Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district.
Prior to his Paradip programmes, the Union Minister reached Kamakhyanagar to inaugurate several national highway (NH) projects worth over Rs 2345 crores. Accordingly, Gadkari solemnised the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ (land consecration) ritual for three NH projects of a total length of 132 km.
As per official sources, the NH projects are four-laning of the 41.726 km Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section of NH 200/23, (New NH 53) at a cost of Rs 795.18 crores, 51.1 km Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of NH 200 (New NH 53) at a cost of Rs 761.11 crores and 39.4 km Duburi-Chandikhole section of NH 200 (New NH 53) at a cost of Rs 789.23 crores.
The official sources also said that the NH projects will have appropriate structures to reduce traffic congestion and ensure safety of road users. The projects include three bypasses, one flyover, 19 vehicular underpasses, nine major and 39 minor bridges and 45 km of service road.
It has been claimed that these NH projects will ensure better connectivity of the mineral-rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts with the rest of Odisha. Also it has claimed that these projects will help generate employment opportunities in the region and improve the socio-economic condition of the local people.
In his address at the port town, Gadkari said that Paradip will become the No.1 port of the country and will be Odisha's growth engine. He also informed that Rs 2.5 lakh crore will be invested for development of Odisha.
Prominent among the projects launched today are Paradip Polypropylene Plant in the presence of Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
As per official sources, Paradip Polypropylene Plant has been built at an investment of Rs 3,150 crores.
This polypropylene plant, with a capacity of 680 kilo tonnes per annum, will increase Indian Oil’s petrochemicals capacity to 3.15 million tonne per annum (MTPA).
It is also claimed to support plastics industry in eastern region of India. The other projects at Paradip inaugurated today are a multipurpose clean cargo berth of capacity 50 lakh tonnes per year.
It is built at a cost of Rs 431 crores and aimed at handling clean cargo including containers at Paradip Port.
The container handling capacity will enable local industry to find global markets.
The Union Minister also laid foundation stones for six projects at the port.
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