The Nationwide Freeway Authority of India has sought Odisha authorities’s consent for the 384 km formidable coastal freeway undertaking, which is able to join Odisha’s Tangi with West Bengal’s Digha.
Six years after the undertaking was first mooted, the proposed coastal freeway beneath Bharatmala Pariyojana has not made a lot headway. The key hurdle was environmental issues.
The street was initially deliberate by way of ecologically delicate Chilika, Balukhanda Konark Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhitarakanika Sanctuary Space and a number of the essential Olive Ridley turtle nesting websites. After environmentalists raised an alarm, a protracted bridge proposed over Chilika was shelved, and subsequently Chilika was struck off from the plan. The freeway, which was initially deliberate from Gopalpur of Ganjam district, will now start from Tangi in Khordha district.
“We’ve carried out a realignment to keep away from disturbance to coastal biodiversity zones. The street is a green-field undertaking. Some parts of the prevailing roads close to Puri can be a part of the freeway, in any other case we should purchase each non-public and authorities land for the undertaking,” mentioned Ram Prasad Panda, Chief Normal Supervisor of NHAI, Bhubaneswar.
“Some parts the freeway undertaking would require approval beneath coastal regulation zone pointers,” Mr. Panda mentioned. Presentation on realignment of the proposed street was offered earlier than the State authorities earlier this week.