The Centre has approved construction of 57 bridges in 15 districts of the state under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) at a cost of Rs 287.82 crore.
The approval has been given following a request of Union education and skill development minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who earlier wrote to Union panchayati raj minister Giriraj Singh seeking sanction for the projects.
In a letter to Pradhan, Giriraj stated that the Centreunder PMGSY has sanctioned Rs 287.82 crore for construction of 57 bridges in Odisha.
Taking to social media, Pradhan stated that the approval by the Centre for bridge construction under the PMGSY will facilitate smooth traffic movement in rural areas of the state.
As per the approval, 13 bridges in Kalahandi, 10 in Sambalpur, 8 in Ganjam, 5 each in Cuttack and Nabarangpur, 3 each in Balasore and Mayurbhanj and 2 each in Deogarh and Malkangiri will be constructed under the PMGSY, Pradhan said.
Similarly, funds have been allocated for construction of one bridge each in Bhadrak, Jharsuguda, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri and Sundargarh districts. This will benefit the people living in rural areas and accelerate socio-economic development of the state, Pradhan stated. He said that the Centre is giving priority to infrastructure development and transportation facilities in rural areas of the state.