Chennai, October 16: Giving the a major boost to infrastructure and economy in line with the Prime Minister’s vision for a New India, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 10 road projects and laid the foundation stones for as many as 16 National Highway projects in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Gadkari said that the length of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh before May 2014 was 4,193 km, and has now increased to 6,860 km. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways these National Highway projects cover a total length of 1,411 kilometers and are worth Rs 15,592 crore.
He informed that works costing Rs 34,100 cr are under the detailed project report (DPR) stage and targeted for completion by 2024, while works costing Rs 25,440 cr are under implementation.
He said, 50-60% progress has been achieved in projects costing Rs 18,100 cr. The Minister invited the Chief Minister to Delhi at an early date to discuss and resolve pending issues. He assured his total support in sanctioning the maximum number of developmental projects for the State.
The Minister informed that 5,000 Km of National Highways are being developed as a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana in the State. Also, 400 Km of Port Connectivity Roads will be developed under Bharatmala Pariyojana. He said that the Bharatmala Pariyojana was conceptualized through a scientific study of freight traffic movement between key origin-destination pairs to enable efficient freight and passenger movement. 35,000 km of National Highways are being developed as a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana in the country.
He said Bharatmala Pariyojana was conceptualised through a scientific study of freight traffic movement between key origin-destination pairs to enable efficient freight and passenger movement.
Gadkari said that the 335 Km Anantpur – Amaravathi Expressway is being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana. The access control Expressway improves the connectivity of the Capital Region, Coastal and Northern region of Andhra Pradesh and will greatly enable the economic prosperity of the region. It connects Amaravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh with Anantapuramu of Rayalaseema Region and it provides major connectivity between NH-44 & NH-16 which are a lifeline in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
The Bangalore – Chennai Expressway with a length of 262 Km is also one of the Expressways being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana. This access control Expressway, improving connectivity between Bangalore and Chennai, will greatly enable the economic prosperity of the region. Three packages with a total length of 85 Km are being developed in the State of Andhra Pradesh with an investment of Rs 5,200 Crore.
The Works have been sanctioned and construction is being initiated in another 16 projects of length 878 km at an investment of Rs 7,585 Crore. It includes the construction of Western Side Benz Circle Flyover in the city limits of Vijayawada.