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Don’t shed crocodile tears, rather build 2nd Brahmani bridge: CM Naveen

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Bhubaneswar: Coming down heavily on BJP for creating ruckus in the state Assembly over the Gangadhar Meher lift canal system in Bargarh district, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik advised the saffron party not to shed crocodile tears, rather appeal the Union government to build the second bridge over Brahmani river at the earliest.

Patnaik’s attack on BJP came minutes after the House was adjourned for the second time today.

The BJP MLAs created turmoil in the House over Gangadhar Meher lift canal system during the Question Hour today, following which Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat adjourned the House till 11.30 AM. They alleged that the state government has not sanctioned enough funds for the project. Later, the saffron party legislators staged a demonstration in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the State Assembly premises in this connection.

When the House re-assembled at 11.30 AM, the opposition including the saffron legislators again stalled the business of the House for the same subject while the CM was addressing the House. The Speaker once again adjourned the House till 3 PM.

Fumed over the ruckus in the House, Patnaik alleged that the Opposition parties are not allowing the proceedings of the House.

He said that unlike others, they talk less and their developmental work speaks for itself. We are the only government to adopt Manifesto and implement the same in true letter and spirit.

“The issue of non-allocation of funds for Gangadhar Meher lift canal system in Bargarh district is not a fact. In the Annual Budget of 2017-18, an amount of Rs.1.50 crore has been allocated under pre-project activities of other pipeline projects including Bijepur lift irrigation project, which is one of the 58 projects,” clarified Naveen while speaking to the reporters.

“The Bijepur lift irrigation project has been recently renamed as Gangadhar Meher lilt canal system and the same will be reflected accordingly in the outcome budget of Water Resources Department Further. Government has already created a working division at Bijepur with one Executive Engineer, three Assistant Executive Engineers and six Junior Engineers with other support staff to look alter this project exclusively. The estimated cost of the project Is Rs.1246.56 crore, he added.

Following Patnaik’s declaration to construct the second Brahmani bridge from the state resources if the Union government fails to do so, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had yesterday alleged that the construction work is getting delayed as the state government is yet to resolve the land issue for the project.