The prospect of providing an investment of Rs Rs1,391crore to provide port connectivity to the six upcoming ports in Orissa seem bright as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has agreed to go ahead with it. The six new ports that will be directly benefitted from this are Kirtania (Balasore district), Chudamani (Bhadrak district), Dhamara (Bhadrak district), Astaranga (Puri district), Baliharchandi (Puri district) and Gopalpur (Ganjam district).
The NHAI authorities have decided to invite RFP for feasibility study and preparation of detailed project report for four-lane connectivity very soon.
According to sources, construction of a four-lane road from Jamujhadi on NH-5 to Chudamani port via Basudebpur in Bhadrak district would cost Rs345 crore. Similarly, a four-lane road from Phulnakhara on NH-5 to Astarang port via Charichhak and Kakatpur would cost Rs349 crore. Four-laning of the road from Rameswar on NH-5 to Baliharachandi port via Birapratappur-Atharanala-Brahmagiri and Sunamuhi would entail an expenditure of Rs300 crore. The cost for four-laning of the road from Basta on NH-60 to Choumukha connecting Kiratania port would be Rs215 crore. Four-laning of the road from Chhatrapur on NH-5 to Gopalpur would cost Rs27 crore. The cost of two-laning of the road from Jamujhadi on NH-5 to Dhamra would be Rs155 crore.