Rourkela: Senior BJD leader and Rourkela MLA Dillip Ray today expressed his displeasure over the ‘inordinate delay’ in the construction of the second bridge on Brahmani River here and shared his woe on social media by stating “Maati Aage Party Pare” (Motherland comes first than political party).
Ray also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for not keeping their promise of early completion of the much-awaited second Brahmani bridge.
“On 21st July 2017 i.e., the day when the foundation stone was laid down by Hon’ble MoRTH Minister Gadkariji, he in his statement to media persons had asserted that the construction of the Bridge would commence in 15 days. 21st July was no less than a celebration day for the people of the district as their long-standing pending emotional demand had been fulfilled but unfortunately, that celebration was short-lived, which now has been substituted by a sense of growing frustration and deception. Nine months have passed since then but as of now, no progress is visible on the ground level”, the BJP leader wrote in his Facebook post.
“Being the Public representative it is my duty to echo the feelings of constituents who are right now feeling greatly disappointed and there is an atmosphere of despair regarding these projects. With deep grief in my heart, I am saying it, the voters here had greatly reposed faith in the PM’s vision of “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikash” and overwhelmingly voted for the BJP candidates but after these unfortunate events they are now feeling disillusioned”, he stated.
“The issue of Forest clearance had turned to be a cause of political slugfest between the Central and the State Govt. Following it, I followed the matter with the State Govt and also wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary in December requesting him to take expeditious action to do away with the existing bottlenecks, if any in the project. Now with the State MoEF writing to the Central Govt about the approval of required clearance and permissions, the controversy seems to have been sorted out and there shouldn’t be any further impediments in starting the construction of the Bridge” Ray further stated.
“In the 1st week of the upcoming month, I will be calling on Gadkariji again to request him to direct the officials and the executing agency to start the construction without further deferral. I will also be reminding him of his statement which he had made to the media persons on 21st July, in which he had said that the construction would start in 15 days and also about his letter dated 06.12.2017 in which he had stated that the work will start within a week of the receipt of required clearances”, wrote Ray.
Concluding his Facebook post Ray said, “With all clearances been made available, I hope the construction should commence most probably by May 2018”.