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Rourkela-Sambalpur Biju Expressway inaugurated, 163-km-long project costs Rs 1,200 crore


Jharsuguda, March 12, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday dedicated the first phase of Biju Expressway from Rourkela to Sambalpur here.

The 163-km road, a vital stretch of the Expressway, has been constructed with Rs 1,200 crore. The project has been executed on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode by L&T Sambalpur Rourkela Tollway Limited (L&T SRTL).

Dedicating the road to the people, Patnaik said the money is of the people of our state and is being utilized in development of infrastructure that will realize the people’s aspirations and transform their lives.

Patnaik said connecting west Odisha to south Odisha through eight districts, the grand project worth over Rs 3,000 crore is an accomplishment of Biju Babu’s dream and vision of making Odisha an economic powerhouse through providing best connectivity, infrastructure and industrialisation.

The 650-km Expressway from Sundargarh to Koraput will bring the west and south Odisha to the forefront of Odisha’s development journey. It will bring all-encompassing socioeconomic transformation by creating vast opportunities for employment and economic activities, spelling progress and prosperity for our people.

The Expressway project, being implemented by Works Department, will be the life line of western Odisha and accelerate the development. The project aims at connecting four districts of western Odisha like Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, and Sundergarh with four KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) districts- Koraput, Nawrangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.

It will also connect many border towns of western and south Odisha like Chandli, Boriguma, Nawrangpur, Papadahandi, Ambapani, Dharmagarh, Sinapali, Behella, Nuapada, Paikmal, Padmapur, Sohela, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, and Rourkela.

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