Another ring road outside ORR
- With 19 NHs, Telangana is No 1 in South: KCR
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has stated that Telangana is becoming No 1 State in South India for building national highways.
Making a statement on national highways and their expansion in the Assembly here on Friday, KCR claimed that the TRS Government has achieved in just two-and-a-half years what other governments could not do in 70 years. He also said the Centre has agreed to construct another ring road outside the Outer Ring Road (ORR) which was not sufficient to cater to the present needs. The total stretch of national highways will be 5,303 km with Centre allocating 2,776 km to the State, KCR stated.
When compared to Andhra region, there was a lot of disparity in Telangana in national highways and now we emerged victorious in convincing the Centre in this regard with funds and it is a good turn towards achieving the goal of golden Telangana, he claimed. Now TS surpassed the national average in highways, he said. Telangana with 4.62 km national highways ratio surpassed national highways ratio of 3.81 km.
“During my recent visit to national capital, I appealed to Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to expand the national highways in Telangana and he obliged it and sanctioned”, he informed the House. It is pertinent to note that Gadkari during his recent Hyderabad visit had announced financial allocation of Rs 8000 crores to Telangana towards making five national highways into four lanes.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 2,690 crores for national highways and Rs 1,020 for State highways development through Central funds. KCR further expressed concern that Telangana was lagging behind in the national highways sector till recent days due to negligence of successive governments. “Now we are going to witness rapid growth in all sectors as the connectivity will improve, spur business, industrial promotion and other sectors”, he hoped.
Getting nostalgic, he said they achieved statehood after a 15-year protracted struggle. KCR said the government resolved power crisis, launched many welfare schemes and restored 16,000 lakes through Mission Kakatiya and will give safe drinking water to rural areas through Mission Bhagiratha besides giving pensions to widows, aged persons and physically challenged.
The State Government sent proposals to the Centre seeking funds for various roads which include Rs 2500 crores for Sangareddy-Nanded, Rs 1000s crore for Suryapet-Khammam, Rs 2,300 crores for Jagityal-Karimnagar-Warangal, Rs 1,500 crores for Mancherial-Chennapur, Rs 700 crores for Kodada-Khammam and Rs 1,590 crores for development of roads in the remote areas and rural pockets, he added.
Roads & Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswar Rao said earlier injustice was meted out to Telangana and now the Centre gave its nod for expansion, he said. The credit for getting more highways goes to leader of the House K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said and asked leader of opposition K Jana Reddy not to get panicked as the Centre was ready to fund the highways, whose works will be taken up soon. –NSS