Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated /laid the foundation stones for
several National Highways projects and a project for development of
Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterways – 4), along with Shri
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways
and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation at a function
in Vijaywada today(3 Oct. ’17) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri
N. Chandrababu Naidu was also present on the occasion.
projects were dedicated to the nation and foundation stones were laid for six
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 (National Waterway -4) 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 Shri 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. He added that the Andhra Pradesh Government is
preparing the DPR and it is in the process of acquiring land.
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 substantial construction
material is expected to be transported on this stretch.
also said that under Sagaramala programme, several port-related projects would
be taken up in the state. The capacity of the Visakhapatnam port would be
expanded. Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor was another major project
which would benefit the state enormously and it would be taken up
expeditiously, he added.
gave assurance that the Polavaram irrigation project would be completed before
the next General Election in 2019 and the Union Government would render all
necessary assistance to the State Government for the purpose.
Pradesh Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister and said he was confident
that Polavaram project would be completed on time, with the Centre's
President of India Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu expressed his happiness over the
launch of so many projects on a single day in the State. He said linking of
rivers is the need of the hour