Nitin Gadkari inaugurates 16 NH projects in Andhra Pradesh; over 1,400 km road worth Rs 15,592 cr to boost state’s economy

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The Union minister said that the 335 km Anantpur-Amaravati Expressway is being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for 16 National Highways projects with a total length of 1,411 km worth Rs 15,592 crore in Andhra Pradesh.

The event was presided over by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Gadkari said that the length of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh before May 2014 was 4,193 Km, which has now increased to 6,860 km.

“There has been increase of 2,667 km (64 percent) in NH length during past 6 years,” he said.

The Union minister said that works costing Rs 34,100 crore are under DPR stage and targeted for completion by 2024, while works costing Rs 25,440 crore are under implementation.

He said 50-60 percent progress has been achieved in projects costing Rs 18,100 crore.

Gadkari invited the Andhra Pradesh chief minister to Delhi at an early date to discuss and resolve pending issues. He assured his total support in sanctioning maximum number of developmental projects for the state.

The minister informed that 5,000 km of National Highways are being developed as a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana in the state. 

In addition, 400 km of port connectivity roads will also be developed under Bharatmala Pariyojana.

Gadkari said, “The Bharatmala Pariyojana was conceptualised through a scientific study of freight traffic movement between key origin-destination pairs to enable efficient freight and passenger movement. About 35,000 km of National Highways is being developed as a part of Bharatmala Pariyojana in the country,” he said.

Gadkari said that the 335 km Anantpur-Amaravati Expressway is being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana.

The access control expressway improving connectivity of capital region, coastal and northern region of Andhra Pradesh and will greatly enable the economic prosperity of the region.

The expressway has 16 packages and is being developed with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. It connects Amaravati, new capital city of Andhra Pradesh with Anantapuramu of Rayalaseema region and it provides a major connectivity between NH-44 and NH-16 which are lifeline in Andhra Pradesh.

He said the 262-km Bangalore–Chennai Expressway is also one of the expressways being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana.

Three packages with a total length of 85 km are being developed in Andhra Pradesh with an investment of Rs 5,200 crore, he said.

The Works have been sanctioned and construction is being initiated in another 16 projects of length 878 km at an investment of Rs 7,585 crore, said the minister adding it includes construction of Western Side Benz Circle Flyover in the city limits of Vijayawada. 

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