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Centre approves construction of roads in Odisha Centre approves construction of roads in Odisha Bhubaneswar, Jan 6 (PTI) The Centre has approved theOdisha government's proposal for constructing 788 roadscovering 2,740 km and 17 bridges in the Integrated Action Planin cyclone-affected districts under the Pradhan Mantri GramSadak Yojana. "My Ministry has cleared the proposal of 788 road workcovering 2,740 km at a cost of Rs 1,385 crore," Union RuralDevelopment Minister Jairam Ramesh informed Chief MinisterNaveen Patnaik in a letter. Stating that the cost of construction had gone uprapidly in the last two years due to scarcity of conventionalmaterials for road construction, Ramesh requested the chiefminister to explore the possibility of using industrial wastesand application of new technology like soil stabilisation inroad construction to reduce cost and save the environment. He said that the state was required to rationalise theworkload of project implementation units to ensure quality ofwork. Ramesh said that since the state proposed to engagecentral agencies to implement the PMGSY work in the IAPdistricts, it should submit a formal proposal to this effectto the ministry at the earliest. "Besides, for quality monitoring of the works at thestate level, the state government should expedite second-tierquality inspection in some selected districts by engaging atleast two institutions. The institutional monitoring should beactively encouraged," Ramesh said. He said that since cyclones and floods were arecurring phenomenon in Odisha, the ministry advised the stategovernment to seek technical advice from geotechnical expertsin the design of roads and bridges in consultation with theNational Rural Roads Development Agency to minimise theeffects of floods. Prior to this the ministry had also sanctioned Rs 2453crore during the current fiscal for construction of 3924 km ofrural roads and during 2012-13 Rs 2445 crore for constructionof 5189 km of rural roads, he added. PTI AAM PCHKS

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