LANJIGARH: Kalahandi District Collector Mr. Dukhishyam Satapathy inaugurated the High Level bridge over Banshadhara River in presence of Dr. Mukesh Kumar, President & COO, Vedanta Aluminium Limited, Lanjigarh on November 14, 2011.
The long-awaited bridge is being constructed by Lanjigarh Project Area Development Foundation (LPADF) – a special purpose vehicle by Government of Orissa, Orissa Mining Corporation and Sterlite Industries.
The project worth Rs. 66 lakhs connects Lanjigarh with Jagannathpur and other tribal villages in the locality. The accomplishment of the bridge has been appreciated by the people and local leaders of the area. “The bridge has been long awaited by the people of this region and will benefit a larger section of people, especially the tribal villages,” said Srimati Majhi, Chairman, Lanjigarh Block.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Director, LPADF from Sterlite Industries said, “The Bridge will connect many tribal villages to Lanjigarh, so it was very necessary on our part to accomplish it”. The LPADF, he informed, has lined up several development projects in the areas of health, education and infrastructure for development of Lanjigarh periphery.
Lanjigarh Project Area Development Foundation (LPADF) is a special purpose vehicle formed, as per Supreme Court’s Order by Government of Orissa, Sterlite Industries India Limited (SIIL) and Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC). The LPADF would dedicatedly take up development project in 50 km radius around Vedanta Alumina Refinery Project at Lanjigarh. Sterlite Industries will deposit 5% of the profit or Rs. 10 Crore – whichever is higher – from the project for local area development with this special purpose vehicle.