Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the much-awaited Biluakhai bridge at Jagatsinghpur which will act as a lifeline for the people of the region.
Patnaik said livelihood and fight with COVID must go hand in hand and added that the development of this region is the foremost motto of his government.
The Biluakhai bridge built at a cost of Rs 61.42 crore will reduce the distance between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar by several kilometers. The Chief Minister said this bridge will expedite the development process of Jagatsinghpur district.
Patnaik laid the foundation stone of 100 bed Maternity and Child Health hospital with an estimated outlay of Rs 16.28 crore. The center will have 10 ICUs with beds.
Describing Jagatsinghpur as a continuously progressing district, Patnaik said Biju Babu initiated the process of development in the district by establishing Paradip Port here. He said these two projects will further boost the process of development.
The Chief Minister said his government has always emphasized on the provision of quality healthcare and added that over 70 lakh families have received medical facilities through Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.
In COVID war the district has been stepping up effective measures to tackle coronavirus, Patnaik said and added that the COVID warriors of the district will always win in their fight against the dreaded disease. The PRI representatives of the district have fared well in COVID management, the CM added.
Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick said the projects will ensure the rapid development of the district and added people will become self-sufficient.
Health Minister Naba Das said the government has taken a number of steps for the healthcare of mother and child. Public Relations Minister Raghunandan Das also said these projects will be helpful for the people of Jagatsighpur.
The programme was attended by Jagatsinghpur MP Rajashree Mallik, MLA Prasant Kumar Muduli, District Collector, Chief Secretary, and other top-level officials. The 5 T Secretary V K Pandian moderated the programme.