'Infra Works Nearing Completion'

Cracks have been noticed in the middle of Samajajpur railway overbridge in Puri

Published: 09th July 2015 05:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2015 05:54 AM   |  A+A-

PURI: Chief Secretary GC Pati said 90 per cent of the ongoing infrastructure works in Puri for Rath Yatra have been completed and the remaining work is nearing completion. Pati was here on Wednesday to review the Rath Yatra preparations along with Secretaries of all the departments.

When asked about the cracks being noticed in the middle of Samajajpur railway overbridge, the Chief Secretary said he is aware of the problem and has asked the District Collector to look into it.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), was undertaking four-laning of the overbridge for some years now and after a series of protests by locals, the NHAI had opened the double-lane stretch for traffic. Work on the other half of the overbridge was under progress.

On Tuesday night, a crack on the concrete slab portion of the overbridge was noticed. Following this, locals staged a demonstration at the spot and demanded an inquiry into the poor quality of work.

Earlier this week, a portion of the main road connecting the Grand Road had caved in near the Jail Road here.

New Jagannath Sadak

BJP leader and convener of the Jagannath Sadak Surakshya Parishad Krushna Chandra Jagdeb has thanked the Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari for including the New Jagannath Sadak in the National Highway (NH) fold.

Jagdeb had been agitating for the last five years to get the NH tag for the New Jagannath Sadak.

The Birapratapur (on Puri-Bhubaneswar Road) - Jankia (on NH-5) road is known as New Jagannath Sadak.

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