Bhubaneswar: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Arukh today said that no forest clearance was required for the proposed second bridge over Brahmani river at Panposh in Rourkela in Sundargarh district.
The response of Arukh came after Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has passed the buck on the State Government saying that the construction work of the proposed bridge has been delayed due to non-availability of land from the State Government.
“The required land has not been handed over to the National Highway Authority of India. The construction work will begin within seven days from the day of availability of land from the State Government,” Gadkari mentioned in his letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
It may be noted that Gadkari had laid foundation stone for the bridge in July this year. As the work did not begin on time, the Chief Minister had written to Gadkari seeking his personal intervention to start the work at the earliest.
On Tuesday, the Chief Minister severely slammed the BJP-ruled Centre for not beginning the construction work and said the State Government would construct the bridge on its own funds if Centre does further delay.

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