Vijayawada: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari dedicated two flyover bridges to nation and performed bhoomi pooja for the construction of new projects virtually, by unveiling plaques on Friday.
The Union Minister dedicated to the nation the 2.6 KM long Kanakadurga flyover bridge and Benz circle Flyover Bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs 502 crore.
He also dedicated to the nation 10 projects constructed at a cost of Rs.8,038 crore and laid foundation stone for 16 projects to be constructed at a cost of Rs.7,582 crore in the state at a programme held in which Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, Union Minister for State for Home G Kishan Reddy an Union Minister for State for Roads and Highways V K Singh were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari said the Modi headed NDA government had developed 2,667 KM highways in the state since 2014.
He said that 680 KM highways would be constructed in the state in the coming years.
The Union Minister informed 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% progress has been achieved in projects costing Rs 18,100 crore.
Mr Gadkari invited the 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.
He informed that the 335 Km Anantapur-Amaravati Expressway is being developed as a part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana. The access control Expressway improves connectivity of the Capital Region, Coastal and Northern regions of AP 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 Anantapur of Rayalaseema Region and it provides a major connectivity between NH-44 & NH-16 which was the lifeline in the state.
Stating that over 5 lakh accidents had taken place in the country, Mr.Gadkari asked the Chief Minister to take steps to reduce road accidents.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that for the fiscal 2019-20 and financial year 2020-21 his government did not get new sanctions.
He said that Vijayawada city needed a bypass to ease traffic and urged Mr Gadkari to sanction a ring road on the eastern side, connecting the NH 65 and NH 16, for which a flyover bridge will be constructed across the river Krishna.
Mr Reddy also urged the Union Minister for the construction of a greenfield highway from Bangalore to Vijayawada via Pulivendula.
The Chief Minister told Mr Gadkari that his government was developing Visakhapatnam as the Executive capital of the state and urged him for the sanction of highway from the city to Bhogapuram.
He also appealed to him to sanction construction of four coastal highways to Bhogapuram.
He also appealed to the Minister for sanction of connectivity infrastructure to the State.
Union Ministers for State G Kishan Reddy and V K Singh also spoke.