The second bridge over river Mahanadi , foundation stone for which was laid four years ago, will finally be completed by March, said official sources here. The work on the bridge, which will connect Nelson Mandela chowk near ring road in Sambalpur city with the Chaunrpur area, is going on in full swing. The Public Works Department (PWD) is executing the construction work.

Executive Engineer of PWD, Gauranga Charan Sahu said, of the total 50 slabs, 48 slabs of the bridge have already been laid. The remaining work of the bridge will complete by March end. The estimated cost of the bridge is around Rs 97 crore. The foundation stone for the 1,500 m long bridge was laid in the month of January in 2014.

The width of the bridge will be 14.8 m. Footpath of 1.5 m will be there on each side of the bridge. “The work on the construction of the approach roads on both side of the bridge is also going on in full pace now. While approach road of around 1,200 m will be constructed on Chaurpur side, approach road of around 300 m will be constructed on the Nelson Mandela chowk side,” said Sahu.

There is already a bridge over the river Mahanadi in Sambalpur. The existing bridge is on the National Highway-6, which connects Sambalpur with Bargarh. However, the second bridge, which is under construction, and will connect the villages located on the other side of the river.

The bridge will also provide an alternative connectivity from Sambalpur to Bargarh and pave the way for the expansion of the Sambalpur city to other side of the river. The permanent campus of IIM, Group Centre of CRPF, Sainik School, second campus of the Gangadhar Meher University have been proposed to be constructed in Goshala area.

The people will find an alternative road to the institutions from the city after the bridge is materialised.