AP gets more projects

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The Centre is all set to shower a fresh round of projects on Andhra Pradesh as part of its commitment to give hand-holding till the state develops fully. As a result, Andhra Pradesh could turn out to be the trailblazer in inland waterways in the country with almost the length and breadth of the state getting connected under both the Sagar Maala and Bharat Maala schemes. 

Sagar Maala, Bharat Maala projects to change profile of the state

New Delhi: The Centre is all set to shower a fresh round of projects on Andhra Pradesh as part of its commitment to give hand-holding till the state develops fully. As a result, Andhra Pradesh could turn out to be the trailblazer in inland waterways in the country with almost the length and breadth of the state getting connected under both the Sagar Maala and Bharat Maala schemes.

With both the Centre and the state being keen on developing these projects before the 2019 general election, work on the projects is progressing at a good pace. While detailed project reports under Bharat Maala are expected to be complete by next month, those falling under Sagar Maala would have the same by December end with in principle approval being given to the slew of projects.

At a review meeting on AP projects here on Monday, National Highways Authority of India's chairman Yudh Veer Singh and Secretary of the Urban Development Ministry Rajiv Gaba told Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari that the detailed project reports of projects being undertaken under Bharat Maala in AP would be ready by the end of next month.

The DPRs of the projects to be undertaken under Sagar Maala programme would be completed by December and the work on those would begin soon afterwards.

State government's proposals for the outer ring road project around Amaravati had reached the Centre but the same had not found any takers among the bankers and hence, it was decided to take up the issue with the Finance Ministry for exploring funding ways and means of the same.

Gadkari told Venkaiah Naidu that the four-laning work of Nandigama-Kanchikacherla bypass road, upgradation of the No 16 National Highway, bridge connecting Rajahmundry and Morampudi Junction, raising funds for National Waterways (No 4), work on six-laning of the Vijaywada-Gundugolanu section of the National Highway No 5 (under EPC module) and developmental works on several junctions of the National Highways were being speeded up.

The two ministers have also reviewed the work on establishing modern test centres for drivers and AP Urban Greening and Beautification Corporation funds issue.

Venkaiah Naidu later expressed satisfaction at the commitment of the Transport Ministry and hoped the profile of AP would completely change once all the projects were in place.

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