The Minister of Road Transport and Highways,Nitin Gadkari will
inaugurate National Highways projects worth around two thousand crores and lay
foundation stone for projects worth Rs 2539.08 crores in Andhra Pradesh on October 3rd . In addition to this
he will also lay the foundation stone for the development of Muktyala to
Vijaywada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterways – 4) The transport
minister is scheduled to visit Vijaywada on 3rd October. .
Approximately 415 km of National Highways would be inaugurated by Mr
Gadkari, while he will lay the foundation for another 250 km NH. The projects
include rehabilitation and upgradation of existing National Highways, besides
construction of a 4-lane bypass to Vijayanagaram Town on NH 43 (New NH 26).
As per an MoU
signed with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh on April 14th last year, NW-4 in
Andhra Pradesh is proposed to be developed in three phases Phase-I: -Muktyala
to Vijayawada (Krishna River) (82 Km), Phase-II: -Vijayawada to Kakinada (Eluru
canal & Kakinada canal) and
Rajahmundry to Polavaram stretch of Godavari (233 Km), Phase-III: -Commamur Canal, Buckingham
canal and balance stretches of Krishna & Godavari Rivers (573km).
will lay the foundation stone for Phase- I on 3rd October, 2017.
Work on this phase that is development of the 82 km from Muktiyala to
Vijayawada stretch has already commenced. Dredging began in the shallow
areas in May this year, and the work is expected to be complete by June, 2019.
For Temporary Terminal Facilities was awarded in August this year and is
expected to be complete by June 2018. For the Permanent Terminal Facilities
work is expected to be awarded by March 2018 and work to be completed by June
2019. Night Navigational aids to be taken up in 2018.
The project 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 substantial construction material is expected to be
transported on this stretch of NW-4.
A proposal for
Phase-II has been recommended by Inland Waterways Authority of India board for
the consideration of the Union Cabinet. Also, a proposal for formation of
Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project is under
consideration for the approval of Cabinet. The SPV is expected to be formed by
al Waterway No.4
was declared in November, 2008 for a total length of 1078 km. This length was
extended to 2890 km by NW Act-2016. The following stretches are included in
a) River Godavari (Bhadrachalam to
Rajahmundry) = 171 km
b) River Krishna (Wazirabad to
Vijayawada) = 157 km
c) Kakinada Canal (Kakinada to
Rajahmundry) = 50 km
d) Eluru Canal (Rajahmundry to
Vijayawada) = 139 Km
e) Commamur Canal (Vijayawada to
Pedaganjam) = 113 km
f) North Buckingham Canal
(Pedaganjam to Chennai) = 316
g) South Buckingham Canal (Chennai
to Merkanam) = 110 km
h) Kaluvelly Tank (Markanam to
Puducherry) = 22 km
a. River Krishna from Wazirabad to
Galagali (628 Km)
b. River Godavari from Bhadrachalam
to Nasik (1184Km)