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Naveen’s letter based on false info, says BJP

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The BJP on Thursday alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s second letter to Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari regarding the second bridge over Brahmani bridge in Rourkela is based on bogus information.

BJP State general secretary Bhrugu Buxipatra at a Press conference here said the Centre has made it clear that the proposed second bridge over the Brahmani river does not come under forest land. But out of the 29.1 km required for the project, 4.85 km comes under forest land. According to the Forest Rights Act, the statutory clearance of the State Government is necessary for the area and the information is fully available with the Chief Minister, he asserted.

Buxipatra said the Odisha Government is fully aware that according to the agreement for the contract by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), out of the 29.1 km, if 90 per cent of the land acquisition is not done, the work cannot start. As per the agreement, without statutory forest clearance for the 4.85 km, 90 per cent of the land cannot be handed over to the NHAI, he said.

In this scenario, the Chief Minister saying that the second Brahmani bridge doesn’t come under forest area and asking to begin work is highly unfortunate, Buxipatra said.

Buxipatra further said that while bridge for which the foundation stone was laid by Minister Gadkari four months back has been made a contentious issue, nobody seems to worry about a bridge on the Koel river for which the Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone in 2013. The CM must give a clarification on the status of the bridge, else the BJP would take to the streets, he warned.

If the State Government gives statutory clearance for the proposed second bridge on the Brahmani, the work can immediately start, Buxipatra claimed. 




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