In a first for Odisha, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is going to construct two big tunnels in southern region of the State as part of the 465 km Raipur-Visakhapatnam Economic Corridor.
Approved under Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I, the Rs 20,000 crore six-lane national highway project being built in hybrid annuity mode will pass through Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
While the highest 240 km will be built in Odisha at an estimated cost of around Rs 10,000 crore, Chhattisgarh has its share of 125 km and the rest 100 km falls in AP.
The Centre recently approved Kaliagura-Baunsaguar section of the NH in the State to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 1,539 crore.
The corridor will run through Koraput and Nabarangpur districts and intersect two existing highways near Kunduli and Kamara.