A proposed 451 km coastal highway along Odisha coast line will be constructed under Bhratmala Pariyojana of the central government at an estimated cost of Rs 5000 crore.
The coastal highway connecting Gopalpur in Odisha with Digha of West Bengal is set to provide road connectivity to 178 villages in Odisha. The matter came to light during a review meeting of the 451-km project, chaired by development commissioner R Balakrishnan here on Saturday.
The road proposes to join Chhatrapur, Satapada, Konark, Astaranga, Nuagaon, Paradeep, Ratanpur, Satabhaya, Dhamara, Basudevpur, Talapada, Chandipur, Chandaneswar and Digha.
Of the total length of 451 km, 29 km will come under Ganjam district, 153 km come under Puri, 54 km under Jagatsinghpur, 49 km under Kendrapada, 61 km under Bhadrak, 99 km under Balasore district and 6 km connecting east Medinipur in West Bengal. There would be bridges over river Rushikulya, Palur sahib canal, Chilka lake, river Dhanikhiya, Nua, Khushabhadra, Kadua, Devi, Hansua, Mahanadi, Gobari, Patashala, Brahmani, Baitarani, Mantei, Panchapara, Dubdubi and Subarnarekha.
Bridges are likely to come up on river Rushikulya, Palur Sahib canal, Chilka lake, river Dhanikhiya, Nua, Khushabhadra, Kadua, Devi, Hansua, Mahanadi, Gobari, Patashala, Brahmani, Baitarani, Mantei, Panchapara, Dubdubi and Subarnarekha.
Besides, by-passes would be constructed near Brahmagiri, Rebana Nuagoan, Konark, Basudevpur, Anantapur, Gopalpur, Rasalpur and Panchupali.
The road, which would boost tourism and industrial activities in the region, would also serve a highway linkage to all ports in the State.