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No forest clearance required for bridge over Brahmani: Patnaik

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that no forest clearance was required for the construction of the second bridge over the Brahmani river near Rourkela.

Patnaik was responding to a letter written to him by Union Minister for Road Transport and in which he had alleged that forest clearance and land issues were delaying the execution of the project.

"I understand that no forest clearance is necessary for the construction of the said bridge as the proposed site is non-forest in nature," the chief minister said.

Patnaik said the same has been confirmed by the state forest authorities, and the project director of the National Authority of (NHAI) at Rourkela.

"In view of this, there is no impediment for the NHAI to start the construction work even tomorrow. I assure you to extend all support of the state in the NHAI works," Patnaik wrote to Gadkari.

The chief minister had on Monday sought the Union minister's personal intervention to start work on the project. He also said that his was ready to fund the construction work if needed.

Gadkari had yesterday said he was "surprised" and "pained" to receive Patnaik's letter on Monday, and media reports suggesting the delay on the part of the NHAI.

"I would like to clarify that the project got delayed for want of forest clearances and land," Gadkari said.

The Union minister also said THAT the should appreciate the fact that he approved a six-lane bridge instead of a two-lane one as proposed by the state government, in view of the growing traffic and socio-economic importance of the route.

Gadkari said his ministry has been proactively taking up the development of the national in Odisha.

Road projects spanning 3,121 km is currently being undertaken in the state, he added.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 23:15 IST