Odisha Approves Expansion of Biju Expressway Connecting Kalahandi and Nuapada
The Odisha government has approved the expansion of the Biju Expressway, passing through Nuapada and Kalahandi, which upon completion will become a four-lane highway. A total stretch of 174.5 km will be covered under this, which would enhance connectivity and increase the trade and industrial activity in these two districts.
Chief Secretary of Odisha, Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, mentioned the total approved cost to be Rs 448.02 crores. The project will be developed in EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) model as a 4-lane carriageway and will include 17 minor and 8 major bridges.
Under the Nuapada district, the total length of the Biju Expressway will be 104.65 km from Ghatipada to Sinapali including 6 minor and 6 major bridges. A 69.85 km stretch of the Expressway from Sinapali to Ampani through Dharmagarh will fall under the Kalahandi district, which includes the construction of 11 minor and two major bridges.
“This will not only provide enhanced connectivity in Western Odisha but also provide impetus to industrial growth and overall economic development in the region”, said Mohapatra.
This project comes under a collaboration between the State and the Centre’s ‘Aspirational District’ programme, aimed at transforming 115 backward districts in 28 states. Apart from Kalahandi and Nuapada, Odisha’s other 8 aspirational districts are Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, and Koraput.
Notably, a restructuring to the cadre of Odisha Administrative Service was also announced by the Cabinet, increasing the cadre strength from 1903 to 2123.