| Naveen Patnaik lays the foundation stone for the bridge on NH-5 between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Feb. 12: Keeping in view the burgeoning population and the need for adequate infrastructure, a high level three-lane bridge over Kathjodi river will be built to ease traffic congestion on NH-5 that connects the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
The proposed bridge from CDA Square up to Trisulia and Baranga, which is said to be longest and first of its kind three-lane bridge in the state, would act as ‘direct-link’ between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for the high-level bridge which is expected to reduce the distance between the twin cities which are on a massive expansion mode. “The distance between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar would be reduced by 10km after the completion of the project. Efforts are on by the government for the all-round development of Cuttack and I hope the new project would be completed on time,” Naveen said.
At present, it takes around one hour to cover the distance of 30km from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar. With the construction of the second bridge, one would have to cover a distance of only 20km from CDA square to Jaydev Vihar via Nandankanan and Trisulia. The length of the bridge would be 2.8km and it would also have footpaths for pedestrians and cycles on both sides and dividers and railing. The cost of the total project was estimated to be around Rs 122crore.
“The contract has been awarded to a Hyderabad-based private company after the bidding process. The project is to ease traffic congestion on NH-5 which would be of great help to the commuters of the twin cities,” said chief engineer Nalini Pradhan.
The project, to be built in assistance of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), is expected to be completed within three years.
The three-lane bridge would not only solve precious time of the people, it will also create new vistas for development in Barang and nearby areas which are also in an expansion mode. The project has been targeted to be completed within three years from the date of agreement with the company, Pradhan said.
As per an estimate, more than 50,000 vehicles ply through the NH-5 between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on a daily basis. The bridge would also serve the residents of Barang and Trishulia areas which are being also being developed.
Apart from this, there is also a proposal to construct another bridge over Mahanadi river. The bridge would connect Pitapali area near Khurda with Dhenkanal on NH-5 via Manguli square. The existing route distance would be reduced to 71.5 km from 93km. The project is also likely to take off soon.