The Union Government has sanctioned funds worth Rs 364.10 crore in 2010-11 for the development and upgradation of national highways (NH) and other road infrastructure projects in Orissa.
A sum of Rs 10.25 crore will be spent on two-laning and four-laning of the NHs in the state, an expenditure of Rs 32.10 crore will be incurred in building bypasses of the length of five km at Deogarh, Borigumma, Jeypore and Koraput.
The feasibility study along with the preliminary project report and design has been completed for the four-laning of the 165 km Rourkela-Sambalpur state highway.
Works have been awarded for the 88-km Sambalpur-Lahurachati (NH-6) stretch; 130.05 km Talcher-Chandikhol (NH-200) stretch; 59-km Bhubaneswar-Puri (NH-203) stretch and the 269-km Panikoili-Rajamunda (NH-215) stretch. Also, survey work is underway for the 80.06 km Balasore-Jharpokharia (NH-5) stretch, 330.38-km Jamsola-Sambalpur (NH-6) stretch, 125.8 km Birmitrapur-Barkote (NH-23) stretch and the 264.72-km Manguli-Sambalpur stretch (NH-42).
Meanwhile, Rs 102.10 crore is likely to be spent in the current fiscal on strengthening of existing pavements on a stretch of 151.68 km network of NHs.