Basara – Chennai waterway: Tummala
HYDERABAD: The Centre has accepted many state pleas, including development of six state roads into national highways up to 1018 km and setting up of two dry ports in Telangana, according to Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageshwar Rao.
Addressing a press conference at Secretariat here today, he said that union Surface Transport Minister Nithin Gadkari agreed to the demand of constructing two dry ports in the state to navigate the goods, containers through water ways that will come up across the country. He said that Nithin Gadkari agreed for inclusion of river Godavari in the forthcoming “Water Transport Bill” to be placed in next Parliament session which includes a total of 101 rivers across the country. The union minister has given an assurance to set up two dry ports for which places will be found soon, Nageshwar Rao stated. He said that Gadkari also positively responded to their plea to connecting Godavari River with that of Buckingham River to ensure water transport to Chennai from Basara in Adilabad district.
The Government will accord top priority to Dry Ports which will play a key role in the state economy in near future, he said. As per Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, existing state roads should be connected to national highways by developing them to national standards, he said adding that the total area of the state roads in Telangana are comparatively less than that of AP. Gadkari agreed to develop a highway from southern Hyderabad connecting Shamshabad to Western Nagapur for which land pooling was done. Efforts made by the state government fructified as Gadkari agreed to most of the state appeals, he said. The Union Minister agreed to develop Jadcherla-Raichur highway as four-lane highway, extend up to Khammam the 563 national highway which was announced to connecting Jagityal and Warangal, and extend support to construct the best quality cement roads in the state on par with national standards. (NSS)