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Brahmani bridge: Dilip Ray unhappy with slow pace of work

Rourkela, June 25, 2018: In fresh embarrassment for the BJP, party Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray on Monday said that the pace at which the work of six-lane second Brahmani bridge at Balighat here is being executed is greatly disappointing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had announced to complete the National Highway (NH)-143 upgradation project from Biramitrapur to Rajamunda, including second Brahmani bridge, in April 2015, had to face criticism both from ruling BJD, BJP and Opposition after the project got delayed.

It was in June second week, piling of piling works began for construction of the six-lane second Brahmani bridge after a considerable delay and saved the NDA Government from further embarrassment as disgruntled Ray had threatened to resort to stir from June.

On Monday, Ray inspected the Construction site of the second ROB over River Brahmani.

“I was surprised to see only 14 workers being employed in a project with a budgetary cost of above Rs 380 crores. The pace at which the work is being executed is greatly disappointing. It will now be one year since the day the foundation stone for the bridge was laid and the only visible progress is the piling work of 20ft,” said Ray, adding that at this speed, one can only wonder how many more years it is going to take for the work to be accomplished.

The existing Bridge is in a completely dilapidated state and could result in a major mishap anytime.

“A major crack surfaced up again in Bridge two-three days back and it is highly unfortunate that despite seeing the wretched condition of the Bridge which was constructed nearly six decades back, the executing agencies are moving such a snail pace,” said Ray.

I am not at all satisfied seeing the speed at which is construction is being executed and sincerely hope that the executing agencies take due cognizance of the urgency and importance of the bridge for the region and take immediate measures to expedite the construction, rued the lawmaker.

Hyderabad-based GKC Project Limited has bagged the first package from Birmitrapur to Rourkela, including the new bridge with an estimated cost of Rs 382 crore.

Though Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, who laid the foundation stone on July 21, 2017, had asserted that the work will start in 15 days, but it was delayed.

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