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Birmitrapur-Barkote section of NH 23 in Orissa to be four/two-laned

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The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) yesterday approved the four/two laning with paved shoulder of the Birmitrapur-Barkote section of National Highway (NH)-23 in Sundargarh and Deogarh districts of Orissa.

The project will be implemented under Phase IV-A of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) on DBFOT basis in BOT (toll) mode of delivery.

An official press release said the total estimated cost of the project is Rs 1098.90 crore, out of which Rs 320.75 crore will be for land acquisition, resettlement and pre-construction.

The total length of the project is 125.615 km. The concession period is 23 years, including construction period of 30 months.

According to the release, the project will reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Birmitrapur and Barkote. It will also increase the employment potential for the local labourers for the project activities, the release added.

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