Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, recently visited Odisha and in a public meeting emphasized union government committed to develop all modes of transportation in the state. During the visit, Gadkari announced a 262 km long waterway, combining Mahanadi and Brahmani. This waterways stretch will be developed from Karimnagar to Dhamra and Paradip at a cost of Rs 5,000 Crore. It will carry 200 lakh tonne of cargo and be a game changer for the state. The project is likely to give a boost to coal, iron and steel and other industries in the state.
Meanwhile, Gadkari also initiated three NH projects of total length 132 km, worth Rs 2,345 crores. These include four laning of the Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section of NH 200/23, Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of NH 200 and Duburi-Chandikhole section of NH 200.