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With increased demand for public transport in urban centres, the State Government has decided to develop transport clusters at five locations.
The new clusters will meet the transport needs of Cuttack-Choudwar,Rourkela-Rajgangpur-Birmitrapur, Balasore-Bhadrak, Balangir-Patnagarh and Jeypore-Koraput-Sunabeda clusters.
This was decided at the first steering committee meeting on urban transport here on Wednesday.
The meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to develop infrastructure for proposed transport clusters and procure 309 new buses. The project is estimated to cost ` 157.41 crore of which Centre’s share will be ` 71 crore.
Official sources said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) has been constituted for each cluster for development of infrastructure and construction of bus terminal.
An automatic fare revision formula will be developed to ensure that passenger fares go up and come down as per the costs without political interference, the sources said.
As per the decision taken at the meeting, 100 buses will ply on 10 routes of Cuttack-Choudwar cluster, 80 on nine routes of Rourkela-Rajgangpur-Birmitrapur, 54 on 10 routes of Balasore-Bhadrak, 40 on seven routes of Jeypore-Koraput-Sunabeda and 35 on five routes of Balangir-Patnagarh cluster.
The State launched city bus service under rapid transit system in October, 2010. The Centre had sanctioned 125 buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM).
The Government had 55 standard buses and 70 mini-buses with the financial assistance provided by Ministry of Urban Development.
The Government has sent proposal to the Centre for implementing the rapid transport system in other areas of the State under JnNURM in the second phase. Plans are afoot to bring changes in the urban transport system, the sources said.The State Government has also taken measures to improve the public transport system in Berhampur, Western Odisha and the twin city of Cuttak and Bhubaneswar.
The Government has recently approved the proposal of the Urban Development Department for development of Bhubaneswar region transport corridor.
Urban Development Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda, Development Commissioner I Srinivas, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) UN Behera and several other senior officers were present.
Orissa state govt focuses on construction of roads in maoists affected districts of Rayagada, Gajapati, Sambalpur and Malkanagiri
The State Government on Friday decided to take up the construction work of 650 km of road in different parts of the State which would cost Rs 1,200 crore. This project includes converting 250 km long one-lane National Highways into two-lane in western Odisha and widening the 400 km-long cluster roads in Maoists affected districts of Rayagada, Gajapati, Sambalpur and Malkanagiri.
The State Government is planning to expedite the construction work of Ranchi-Vijayawada Road for which the Government has written to the Central Government demanding Rs 300 crore for this financial year. The Central Government has made budgetary sanction of Rs 100 crore only for the current year.
The decision was taken at a review meeting held under chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat.
After the meeting, the Works Secretary Subhendu Kumar Ray said that the Central Government has given Rs 250 crore for widening the National Highways No 200, 201 and 43. These highways with one-lane road would be converted into two-lane roads. Similary, in order to make communication easier, the cluster roads of Maoists-hit districts would be broadened, he said.
Ray said the State Government is willing to expedite the construction work of Ranchi- Vijayawada road and complete it soon. “But due to crunch of funds the construction work is not being done to our expectation. We have demanded the Centre to release Rs 300 crore immediately,” Works Secretary said.
Bhubaneswar, May 11 (PTI) Unable to construct major roads in Maoist-affected areas for long due to threat by extremists, Orissa government today initiated the process for inviting national bidding for eight projects at an investment of Rs 560 crore following Centre’s promise of help.
“The process has started for national competitive bidding for starting of construction of eight important roads spread over five Maoist-affected districts,” state works secretary S K Ray said here.
The projects would be implemented on a fast track basis as the state government has set the target of completing the construction of the long awaited roads within a year, he said.
Rs 560 crore would be spent on constructing the 475-km long roads to improve connectivity in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Deogarh and Sambalpur districts, he said adding that a small stretch of road would also pass through the tribal- dominated Kalahandi district.
Following report is from The Dharitri:
World Bank grant for various road viz. Bhawanipatna-Kahariar, Sambalpur-Rourkela and others may return
Following report is from The Samaja: