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Centre would spend Rs one lakh crores for development of highways in Andhra Pradesh: Gadkari

The Centre would spend more than RS one lakh crore on improving the National Highways in Andhra Pradesh to give a boost to development in the state Minister for highways Nitin Gadkari said.

 Mr Gadkari who was present during the inauguration of national waterways projects in Viyayawada said a six lane access controlled Greenfield Amravathi Expressway will be built to connect the state capital Amravathi with Ananthpur, Kurnool and Cudapah in Rayalaseema area.

This road project alone would cost Rs 25,000 Crores and will have a total length of 557 kilometers. Andhra Pradesh government is preparing the detailed project report as well as taking steps to acquire land for the project Mr Gadkari said

 Vice-President 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 Shipping Minister  Nitin Gadkari,  at a function in Vijaywada on October 3.  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was also present on the occasion.  

 Seven NH 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.

 Mr 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.

The Minister 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.

 Mr Gadkari 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.

 The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister and said he was confident that Polavaram project would be completed on time, with the Centre's assistance.

The Vice 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.

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