Plan for 200 bridges

The rural development department will build 200 bridges across the state during this fiscal.

By Our Correspondent in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 17.10.17

Bhubaneswar: The rural development department will build 200 bridges across the state during this fiscal.

This was decided at a meeting, presided by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Monday, to review the activities of the department.

The proposed projects included 145 bridges to be built under the state-funded Biju Setu Yojana. Padhi directed the departmental engineers to complete the tender process by November 30 and begin the fieldwork in December.

He asked the officials to strictly enforce safety guidelines and ensure quality during the bridge construction.

The review revealed that so far 500 bridges had been built under the yojana.

Rural development secretary Bishnupada Sethi said the construction of the 500 bridges had been completed for Rs 1,069 crore and that of another 319 bridges was under way. Earlier, a target had been set to build 1,000 bridges under the yojana.

Development commissioner R. Balakrishnan advised the departmental engineers and officials to prepare documentation of the completed 500 bridges, along with feedbacks from the villagers.

The chief secretary directed various departments to expedite construction of bridges aimed to connect the remote rural areas to facilitate health, education and other emergency services in these areas.

Apart from the yojana, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is under implementation by the department with state share.

Under this scheme, 446 bridges for Rs 13,664.49 crore have been sanctioned. Out of these bridges, construction of 213 bridges was completed by September and another 71 projects are under way.

Tender process has begun for 161 bridge projects. A target has been set to complete construction of 28 bridges this year, said official sources.

It was also decided at today's meeting to complete construction of seven bridges out of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund by this year.