New Delhi: Union minister for road transport and highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated as many as 18 national highway (NH) projects with a total length of 550 km in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh in presence of state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and other dignitaries. The projects have been executed at the cost of abour ₹6,800 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, MoRTH minister Gadkari said the two-decade-old demand of the local people to construct a bridge in Betwa has been fulfilled. He said this 665 meter long bridge has been built at a cost of ₹25 crores. The connectivity of Orchha, Jhansi, Tikamgarh will improve with the construction of two-lane paved shoulder bridge and footpath, he added.
Gadkari said the construction of Powai, Orchha, Harpalpur, Kaithi Padhariya Kala, Patna Tamauli, Jasso, Nagaud and Sagar Link Road bypasses will reduce the traffic pressure in the adjoining cities. Sagar greenfield link road will reduce the distance from Bhopal to Kanpur by 21 km. From Mohari via Satai Ghat and Chowka to MP/UP. He said the four-lane widening till the border will cut down the travel time drastically. Construction of flyovers in Sagar City, Chhatarpur City and Gadhakota will solve the problem of traffic jam, he added.
The MoRTH minister said there will be easy connectivity to reach the tourist places of Madhya Pradesh like Orchha, Khajuraho, Panna, Chitrakoot, Tikamgarh, Sanchi. He said with the construction of the Bhopal-Kanpur economic corridor, the transportation of cement and minerals will be easier and the logistic cost will be reduced. The minister said with the construction of this corridor, connectivity from Bhopal to Kanpur, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi will be good, construction of two-lane road with paved shoulder from Tikamgarh to Orchha will make traffic safe.
In this program, Gadkari also announced the construction of a four-lane greenfield road of 105 km length from Bamitha to Satna at a cost of ₹2000 crore. With the construction of this road, tourism of Tikamgarh, Panna, Chhatarpur, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh National Park will get a boost.