CM asks officials to prepare master plan for 180-km-long ORR for Amaravati

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh would have 1,350-km-long new national highways to be developed by the Government of India. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, at a review meeting with the officials on highways here on Thursday, told them that the Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari had cleared the State’s proposal to have 1,350-km-long national highways.

The Chief Minister briefed the officials that the new highways would be taken up at a cost of Rs 13,500 crore. The amount would be released in the current financial year. He asked the officials to prepare action plans for the proposed national highways and send them to the Central government for clearance and fund release.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to begin the work on Anantapur- Tadipatri- Thokkapalli- Narasaraopet- Guntur national highway (NH 544D) on priority. This section would cover 413-km-long national highway. He asserted that it would reduce the travel time between Anantapur and Amaravati. He also wanted the officials to start the NH 340C works on Kurnool- Nandikotkur- Atmakur- Dornala national highway, besides realignment of 130-km-long national highway from Anandapuram to Rajahmundry.

He directed the officials to prepare a master plan for a 180-km-long outer ring road (ORR) the new capital, Amaravati. This ORR is expected to cost Rs 20,000 crore for the government, he said and added that the Central government would pay the total cost of the ORR.

Referring to the flyover works at Kanakadurga temple, the Chief Minister asked the officials to complete the flyover works before the launch of the Krishna Pushkarams due in 2016. He also instructed the officials to take up repairs for all roads in the city and ensure that roads remained priority of the State government.