Bhubaneswar: While Rourkela politics is brewing over delay in construction of the second bridge over Brahmani river, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday said the second bridge will be completed by November 2020.
“The construction of the second bridge over Brahmani has began on May 23 this year and will be completed by November 2020,” Chief General Manager and Regional Officer of NHAI, Dharmananda Sarangi informed media here today.
The six-lane bridge will have a total length of 29.1 km. Hyderabad-based GKC Projects Ltd will take up construction work of the bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 381.75 crore, he added.
However, he blamed delay in forest clearance by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for late start of the construction work of the bridge.
The construction of six more bridges over Brahmani is underway in Bonai in Sundargarh, Barkot in Deogarh and Sarang in Dhenkanal and at three places in Jajpur district – Jajpur Road, Jenapur and Jarka will start very soon, he further added.
On the other hand, one Muktikanta Biswal from Rourkela has walked down all the way from the steel city to New Delhi, a distance of around 1350 km, to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remind him of his second bridge promise over Brahmani river.