Amaravati-Ananthpur National Highway Is National Expressway
Amaravati: It is yet another success for Andhra Pradesh Government. The proposed Highway between Ananthpur and Amaravathi is recognised as” National Expressway” by the Centre. This will be the longest expressway in country with a stretch of 394 kms.
According to the National Highway Authorities and AP buildings department, 6-lane expressways will be without curves and turns. Out of 394 kms, four lanes will be apprx 186kms and 6 lanes will be 208kms.
Due to this expressway, distance gets reduced from 500kms to 390kms from Ananthpur to Kurnool, thus reducing travelling time. Cost of the project is around 28,000 crores with Kadapa feeder road intersecting at Kurnool.
The Chief Minister told the officials that the express way would also have a feeder roads connecting Kurnool and Kadapa. The Kurnool feeder road would be at a length of 75.60 km connecting Kurnool, Nannur and Bhagyanagar, while the Kadapa feeder road would connect 88 km connecting Kummarakottalu and Edavalli, he added.
Chandrababu Naidu said that this first national highway connecting the new capital would be the iconic and the longest highway in the country. This would provide better access to the capital from the Rayalaseema region, he added.
The Chief Minister further asked the officials to take up the long-pending flyover at the busy Benz Circle in the city. The flyover would provide connectivity from the two National highways of Chennai-Kolkata and Hyderabad-Machilipatnam. This would ease the vehicular traffic at this important junction in the city, which is pending for several years. The Chief Minister said that the national highway 9 had been cleared and the works on widening the road between Vijayawada and Machilipatnam would have to be completed by 2018 along with the flyover at Benz Circle.
This 64.6 km long road would cost Rs 740.70 crore with four major bridges and five minor bridges. The Chief Minister directed the officials to complete the work on a warfooting by taking lands from the farmers and the people where ever required.
Chief Minister’s secretary Sai Prasad, Roads and Buildings principle secretary Sumitra Dawra, Chief Minister’s additional secretary A V Rajamouli and others were present.