Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet, held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, took 11 major decisions on Wednesday.
Informing about the decisions taken at the meeting, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said one of the major decisions was construction of new roadways along with major bridges under Biju Expressway and converting it into four-lane.
Passing through two districts, Kalahandi and Nuapada, the 174.5 km expressway will boost trade and industrial activity as the state government is also working on leveraging development of the expressway to develop Biju Express Economic Corridor through Industries department.
With a total approved cost of Rs 448.02 Crore, the project will be developed in EPC mode as a 4-lane carriageway and will include construction of 17 minor bridges and 8 major bridges.
The total length of Biju Expressway (Ghatipada-Sinapali) in Nuapada district will be 104.65kms including 6 minor bridges and 6 major bridges. A 69.85km long stretch of Biju Expressway (Sinapali-Dharmagarh-Ampani) will pass through Kalahandi district including construction of 11 minor bridges and two major bridges, he added.