BHUBANESWAR: Former chief minister and BJP leader Giridhar Gamang on Monday urged the Centre to provide financial assistance for the proposed National Highway projects covering Koarput district.
Gamang, who met Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, requested the latter to make necessary financial provision for four new National Highway (NH) projects announced by the Centre.
The new NH projects include Palasa (in Andhra Pradesh) to Bisam Katak, Sunki to Chandili, Kerada to Raipur via Rayagada, Berhampur to Koraput and Nizambad (Andhra Pradesh) to Motu in Malkangiri district.
The former chief minister requested the Union Minister to make adequate budgetary provisions for the new and ongoing projects passing through undivided Koraput and other KBK districts as the region is most backward in road, railway and air connectivity.
Gamang thanked Gadkari for announcing the Coastal Highway project from Gopalpur in Ganjam district to Digha in West Bengal which will connect three defence establishment at Gopalpur, Balugaon and Balasore.