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
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
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