The government has sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh 14 road projects costing Rs 4,500 crore in the current fiscal. “During the current financial year, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sanctioned 14 major projects costing Rs 4,500 crore on National Highways under corridor approach and NHDP 4 scheme for Andhra Pradesh,” said Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping. The long pending demand for Vizianagaram bypass has been fulfilled. The work of four-laning of the bypass with concrete road for Rs 430 crore has been sanctioned, he said.
“Visakhapatnam area grid separator at convent junction on Visakhapatnam old road is being developed at a cost of Rs 60 crore. Out of this, Rs 30 crore will be funded under the Sagarmala programme, Rs 15 crore by NHAI and another Rs 15 crore by Vishakhapatnam Port Trust,” he added. Another project, the minister said, is six-laning of Anakapalli-Andapuram access controlled highways as part of NH16, providing connectivity of 12 km to Visakhapatnam port with service road on both sides. This will be a dedicated corridor to port Visakhapatnam Ranasthalam and 47 km of NH 16 is also to be six-laned at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.
Bids for the project are already done and the construction will start in the next four to five months, he informed. For the outer ring road of 186 km around Amaravathi, Rs 20,000 crore has been sanctioned. Land acquisition is to be done by state government. Nandigama and Kanchicharla bypasses which were pending since 2007 have been sanctioned by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Mandaviya said. The Amaravathi-Anadapur Expressway with connectivity to Kadapah and Kurnool in a length of nearly 690 km at a cost of nearly Rs 28,000 crore would be taken up by NHAI. Land acquisition is to be done by the state government. Avenue plantations along the National Highways are to be taken up with the partnership of local industrialists, farmers and NGOs.