Amaravati To Have Second NH From Hyderabad
Amaravati: The new capital city, Amaravati would have another national highway from Hyderabad. This 275 km long national highway would pass through the Nagarjuna Sagar, Piduguralla and Amaravati. This would be an additional national highway that connects the capital cities of the two Telugu States. The existing road passing through Suryapet has been developed into four lane recently. The National Highways Authority of India had also proposed six laning of this road for which the land is already acquired. The contractor, GMR, was given 20 years time to complete this six lane road for which the detailed project report is getting ready.
Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India had proposed the second express way between Hyderabad and Amaravati passing through Nagarjuna Sagar. This road, once completed would take only three hours for the vehicles to reach from one city to the other. The NHAI, in its initial report had proposed several by-pass roads to avoid traffic problem for the existing towns and also reduce the distance. The highway is estimated to cost around Rs 9,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore. The NHAI is now working on selecting the consultants for the study and feasibility report for the proposed highway. This report is expected to be ready by the end of 2018 and the works on the project are likely to begin in the middle of 2019.
The Andhra Pradesh government had already proposed one six-lane expressway between Amaravati and Ananthapur connecting the Rayalaseema region with the new capital. Works on this expressway have already been initiated. The Guntur and Prakasam district administrations have already issued land acquisition notifications for the expressway, while the process is yet to start in Kurnool and Ananthapur districts. Once the land is acquired, the government plans to get the detailed project report ready and assign the work to a contractor. The government wants to begin the work on this expressway at least by the end of 2017 or in the first half of the 2018.
The State government is also asking the Center to take up six-lane road along the existing national highway between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. This is also in addition to the coastal corridor that passes along the 975 km long sea cost connecting Vizianagaram district with Nellore in the down.
Meanwhile the works on the expressway and seven speedways in the capital city have already been initiated. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had laid foundation stone for the seven speedways in the capital city on Ugadi day. These straight roads would provide better connectivity to the capital city from Vijayawada and Guntur. The expressway would start at the Kanakadurga Varadhi on Krishan river connecting the Chennai-Kolkata national highway and pass through Tadepalli, Undavalli, Penumaka and reach Velagapudi, the abode of the temporary administrative complex.