Focus on Telangana State Roads, says Gadkari
HYDERABAD: Union Surface Transport Minister Nithin Gadkari today stated that the Centre will pay a special attention to development of roads in Telangana State.
Laying a foundation stone for a bridge across the Godavari in Khammam district on Wednesday, Gadkari said the Centre will extend all help to the State with regard to its development. He also laid a foundation stone at Penuballi for another bridge. He said they will take steps to develop Suryapet-Vijayawada State highway into a national highway. The BJP Government aims to develop waterways across the nation at a cost of Rs 5 lakh crore. He said rapid growth of any State relies on infrastructure and roads.
- Waterways, River Ports on the anvil
- Foundation to bridge across Godavari laid
- Suryapet-Vijayawada road to be national highway
Gadkari said the Centre has an idea of developing waterways and river ports across the nation. On becoming operational, the river ports will not only reduce expenditure for transporting people and industrial produce but also slash time of shipping, he said. He drew a comparison that it needs Rs 1.5 to transport on roads, Re 1 through railways and Rs 0.50 paise through water roads. Gadkari also said they have signed agreements with 107 cement companies for construction of such roads. Right now, the Centre has 95 lakh tons of cement stocks with it.
Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the Centre is coming up with new plans and schemes to provide succor to the workers and labourers. The Telangana Government will get all help from the Centre, he asserted. Telangana Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswar Rao said the TRS Government accorded priority to roads and infrastructure in the State. (NSS)