Sanction project proposals worth Rs 1261.98 Cr under CRF Scheme: Naveen urges Centre

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged the Centre to sanction project proposals worth Rs 1261.98 crore under Central Road Fund Scheme.

In a letter to Union minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, the Odisha CM said, “I would like to draw your attention to the project proposals amounting to Rs.1261.98 crores submitted by the State Government to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on 20th December 2018 for approval under Central Road Fund (CRF) Scheme.”

“Of thirty project proposals, twenty-nine relate to widening and strengthening of roads and one proposal pertains to the construction of High-Level Bridge over river Subernarekha at 36th Km on Haladipada (NH-16) to West Bengal border, Patnaik stated.

The Odisha CM also pointed out that except for one road project in Puri district which is required for the convenience of tourists, all the other road projects pass through tribal and backward pockets covering thirteen districts of the State.

Naveen also apprised the Union Minister Gadkari that no project has been sanctioned during the last year as well as the current year under the Central Road Fund Scheme for Odisha by the Centre.

“Keeping in view the importance of the project proposals for development of tribal and backward regions of the State, I would request for favourable consideration of our proposal and early sanction of these projects,” CM Naveen Patnaik further stated.

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