The union government had decided to
refurbish the infrastructure of Paradip port and the port city by developing it
into a smart port and smart city as part of Narendra Modi-led central
government’s plan to usher in speedy development of Odisha on the eastern
Union minister shipping and road transport
and highway minister Nitin Gadkari speaking at a function of stone-laying
ceremony of Brahmani river bridge at Rourkela steel city, said “for developing
the port into smart and upgrading the port city to smart city, the shipping
ministry would invest Rs 40,000 crore”.
"The Centre is committed to speedy
development of Odisha. While road network is being expanded in the state,
Paradip will be made a smart port and smart city at a cost of Rs 40,000
crore," the Union Road Transport and Highways minister said while laying the
foundation stone of the long-awaited second bridge on Brahmani river here. To
begin with Rs 2,700 crore would be provided for the ambitious project, he said
and an additional amount of Rs 2,000 crore would be spent to increase the depth
of Paradip port to enable it to handle a variety of vessels and cargo.
Plans are also afoot to construct a
railway line between Paradip and the coal town of Talcher at an investment of
Rs 9,000 crore, Gadkari said. The coal production capacity of Talcher coal belt
would also be raised upto 300 million tonnes, he said.
Apart from these, around Rs one lakh crore
is being invested in Paradip region for different petroleum and petro-chemical
projects, the Union Minister said.
Referring to the road sector, Gadkari said
the Centre has spent over Rs 7,000 crore for constructing new highways in
Odisha during the last three years and raised the highway length from 4632 km
to 6993 km.
Stating that around Rs 1.5 lakh crore is
expected to be invested for expansion of highways and roads in the state in the
near future, the minister said, the NDA government has increased the road
construction rate to 23 km per day.
Gadkari said, the new bridge over Brahmani
river, being constructed at a cost of around Rs 550 crore, would be completed
in two years. The bridge would be part of a six-lane national highway from
Rajamunda to Biramitrapur.
Among those present on the occasion were
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra
Pradhan and Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray.