Bhubaneswar: The necessary development work will continue and will not be stalled by the ongoing war against the novel coronavirus. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said after laying the foundation stone for two bridges in Jagatsinghpur district.
Naveen attended the landmark event for the district via video conferencing from Bhubaneswar and laid the foundation stone for Tirtol-Posal bridge and Jaipur-Katikata bridge. Accompanying him were Secretary to CM (5T), Development Commissioner, Special Relief Commissioner, Principal Secretary of Finance Department and Secretary of the Works Department.
Jagatsinghpur MP Rajshree Mallick, Jagatsinghpur MLA Prashant Muduli and Paradeep MLA Sambit Routray attended from the event site.
The Tirtol-Postal high-level bridge will cost about Rs. 118.56 crores whereas the Jaipur-Katikata bridge will be constructed at the cost of Rs 82.55 lakh. The bridges over the Mahanadi river are expected to bring a new lease of life for the blocks of Tirtol, Kujang, Raghunathpur and Garadapur in Jagatsinghpur district. The bridges, on completion, promise enhanced connectivity with Cuttack and Kendrapada districts and shall benefit about 2.5 lakh residents of 28 villages.
On the occasion, CM Naveen said that the government has always stressed on infrastructural development and hence been able to create a unique identity for the State. “Saving lives is important and so is sustaining the economy. While we have been working in both the fields, I seek your help in the fight against COVID-19 and in Odisha’s development,” added Naveen.
He conveyed his best wishes on the occasion of ‘Parban’ of Goddess Sarala and lauded the Jagatsinghpur district for its contribution to the fields of Odia language and literature, culture and for being a distinct trade route. Naveen reminisced his father Biju Patnaik who had fought for the inclusion of the Jagatsinghpur and Paradeep in Odisha which led to putting the State on global trade map.
Minister of Steel & Mines Prafulla Kumar Mallik took part in the event from Dhenkanal via video conferencing. Stating that these bridges will play a pivotal role in the developmental process, he vowed to complete them on time. Rural Development Minister Sushant Singh and Information & Public Relations Minister Raghunandan Das reiterated Mallik and thanked the CM.