Nitin Gadkari launches 51 National Highway Projects in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada
On Thursday, the union minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated and laid the foundation for 51 road projects covering 1,381 km worth over Rs.21,000 crore at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. He also inaugurated a second flyover at Benz Circle in Vijayawada in the presence of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The Central government will spend nearly Rs.3 lakh crore on the development of highways and roads in Andhra Pradesh in the next two years, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari announced at the ceremony.
Gadkari has also accepted the request of Reddy to sanction the East bypass to Vijayawada city, besides 30 Road over Brides (RoBs). He described Andhra Pradesh as a progressive state with a good potential for development and laid emphasis on the development of infrastructure and improved road connectivity for the growth of industry and agriculture.
CM Reddy said it was a great day for the state with the Union minister being present for the inauguration of 51 projects, of which foundation stone was laid for 30 projects running into 735 km with an estimated cost of Rs.10, 368 crores, besides the inauguration of 21 projects covering 645 km with a cost of Rs.11,191 crore. Stating that expansion and development of highways have been a priority, Reddy said that the state has allocated Rs.10,600 crore for state highways.
A total of Rs.6,400 crore was allocated for connecting the district headquarters to mandals through two-lane highways, Rs.2,300 crore for repair and maintenance, and Rs.1,700 crore for the pending works.
The Union Minister and the Chief Minister held talks on key projects in the state. There was extensive discussion on the proposed six-lane beach corridor connecting Visakhapatnam with Bhogapuram. This project would not only shore up tourism but will also play a vital role in the development process and generate employment, Reddy told Gadkari.
Gadkari was all praise for the Chief Minister and called him a young and dynamic leader who is taking the state forward.
Gadkari said that of the 23 Greenfield express highways, the ministry has taken up, six falls in Andhra Pradesh, which include the Raipur-Visakhapatnam (465 km) stretch that will be completed by 2024, Nagpur to Vijayawada highway which will be completed by 2025, the Chittoor-Thanjavur highway, Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru-Chennai highways which run through 85 km in Andhra Pradesh, all of which will be completed before 2025.
The Chief Minister also requested for six-lane connectivity of Visakhapatnam port to Bhogapuram and converting a few state highways into national highways.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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