Bhubaneswar, May 30: The government has allocated Rs 20 crore this year to start work on the Vijayawada-Ranchi highway, which will cut through the state's Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj districts.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had put forth the proposal to construct the road at the conference of chief ministers of rebel-hit states, held at Hyderabad a couple of years ago. Since then, he had been pursuing his pet project at various levels of the Union government.
Recently, the Planning Commission instructed the government, through the Union ministry of road transport and highways, to start work under schemes like the inter-state connectivity fund, Prime Minister's Sadak Yojna and KBK funding.
The proposed highway will cover 1,219 km in Orissa, from Motu in Malkangiri to Tiringi in Mayurbhanj.
The highway, said sources, will make some of the tribal regions more accessible.