Centre Sanctions ₹718.26 Cr for Widening, Strengthening NH-59 in Odisha

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Central government has allocated a significant sum of Rs 718.26 crore for the widening and strengthening of a crucial 26.96 km stretch along National Highway-59 that traverses through Kandhamal and Ganjam districts in Odisha. This development was announced by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on X.

The sanctioned amount is specifically earmarked for the enhancement of the Daringbadi Ghat section on NH-59, which spans across Kandhamal and Ganjam districts, as part of the Annual Plan for the fiscal year 2023-24. This comprehensive project aims to cover a distance of 26.96 kilometres.

Minister Gadkari highlighted the existing challenges faced by the Daringbadi Ghat segment, including narrow carriage ways and suboptimal geometrics, which have led to difficulties for long-route vehicles originating from western Odisha, prompting them to bypass National Highway 59.

Recognized as a prominent tourist destination, particularly during the winter season, the improvement of this stretch is anticipated to elevate highway standards, enhance safety measures, and ensure uninterrupted all-weather connectivity along National Highway-59.

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