Vijayawada, October 4: Seems that Ministry for Road and Transport is in full form as road construction projects are in full pace. Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for several National Highways projects and a project for development of Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterways – 4). The inauguration was done in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping, and Road Transport & Highways.
Also Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was also present during the inauguration. 7 NH projects were dedicated to the nation and foundation stones were laid for 6 NH projects in Andhra Pradesh, the total cost of all the projects being Rs. 4,193 Crore. Foundation stone for the Phase-I for development of Krishna River was also laid. In the first phase of the project, the stretch between Muktayala to Vijayawada will be developed for transportation. The total project cost is Rs. 7,015 Crore and the length of the waterway 315 km.
Speaking on the occasion Gadkari said that the Union Government would spend more than Rs. 1 lakh Crore on improving National Highways in Andhra Pradesh and it would give a tremendous boost to the development of the state. He said a six-lane access controlled Greenfield Amaravathi Expressway will be built to connect the new capital city Amaravathi with Anantapur and also provide connectivity to Kurnool and Kadapa. The project has been approved with a total length of 557 km and cost of about Rs. 25,000 Crore.
Gadkari also said that the project for development of Muktayala to Vijayawada section of NW-4 will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage as the substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch.