The Vice President of India, Shri M.
Venkaiah Naidu has said that interlinking of rivers and protection of rivers is
a sacred duty of everyone in the country. He was addressing the gathering after
laying foundation stone for the improvement of National Highways project and
Inland Water Way project, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh today (3 October ’17),
says an official statement. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri E.S.L.
Narasimhan, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu,
the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water
Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the
Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S.
Chowdary and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Vice President laid foundation stone for six national highway projects and
dedicated seven national highway projects, costing Rs. 4153 crore in Andhra
Pradesh. He also laid foundation stone for development of an Inland Water Way
in the Krishna River between Muktyala and Vijayawada in the Andhra Pradesh
capital region of Amaravati.
The Vice President said that in Andhra Pradesh till 2014, the total length of
National Highway was 4193 km and 3720 km of New NHs have been declared after
2014 and now the present the length of NH in Andhra Pradesh is 7913 km. A total
investment planned in Andhra Pradesh is Rs 1 Lakh Crore for development of
National Highways under various Schemes, he added.
The Vice President said that a two lane with paved shoulder of Rayachoty to
Angallu section of NH-340 in a Length of 57.98Km costing Rs.319.28Cr will be
taken up. He further said that construction of 4-lane bypass to Vizianagaram
Town on NH 43 in a length of 17.2 Km costing Rs.429.43 Cr will also be taken up
under these projects. A two lane with paved shoulder of Eeppurupalem-Ongole
section of NH 216 in a length of 57.87Km costing Rs.574.19 Cr is also under
consideration, he added.
The Vice President said that the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme which linked
Krishna and Godavari rivers saved Krishna delta from a drought-like situation
arising from water scarcity in river Krishna. He further said that more and
more interlinking of rivers will be beneficial for farmers who feed the nation.
Everyone should take active part in this noble cause, he added.
The Vice President congratulated the Chief Minister for making Telugu language
mandatory in schools. He advised the state government to make knowledge of
Telugu compulsory to get jobs in Andhra Pradesh and also to make it as
mandatory subject for all students irrespective of medium of language the
school adopts in the state. He was not against learning other languages but
only want people to be proficient enough in their own mother tongue before
pursuing other languages, he added.