CM Patnaik Inaugurates Odisha’s Longest Bridge Over Mahanadi
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated the state’s longest bridge over Mahanadi river at Gopinathpur in Cuttack district. As per officials, the 3.4-km-long bridge connecting Singhanath Pitha and Baideswar in the Cuttack district will reduce the distance by 45 km, benefitting around five lakh people.
The bridge, constructed in a T-shape, is built for Rs 111 crore. The foundation stone for the bridge was laid by Patnaik in his earlier stint as Chief Minister, on 28th February 2014. This is the first T-Bridge in the State – fulfilling a long-standing demand of the locals. The inauguration of this much-anticipated bridge by the Chief Minister created a great deal of excitement among the people.
Ahead of Patnaik’s visit, the police detained hundreds of Congress and BJP workers, including former MLA Debasis Patnaik, as they were protesting with black flags at Banki. Several opposition activists had gathered at the site protesting against Minister of State for Home, Divya Shankar Mishra, whose name had cropped up in the Mamita Maher kidnap and murder case.
Patnaik had in July 2017 inaugurated the 2.88-km-long Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Setu over Kathajodi river at Trisulia, which till now held the title of the state’s longest bridge. The bridge connects Bhubaneswar and Cuttack via Barang.
Celebrating the inauguration, Patnaik posted on Twitter: “I am very happy to inaugurate the state’s longest bridge over the river. The 3.8-kilometre long bridge will significantly reduce the distance between people and reduce time. I believe that it will improve tourism, agriculture and trade and play a key role in the socio-economic development of the people.”