No compromise on roads: Naidu

  • Nellore-Tirupati-Chennai cluster on priority
  • Vizag-Bhimli road to be completed in 10 months
  • Hill areas to be connected to beach

HYDERABAD: AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today stressed the need to use latest technologies for quality enhancement, usage of latest devices to lay better roads and scientific cutting of speed-breakers.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting on roads in the State with officials from Roads & Buildings department and AP Road Development Corporation (APRDC) in this regard. Stating that repairing pothole-filled roads is a priority, the Chief Minister suggested officials to identify all the damaged roads in the State and repair and level them immediately. He directed the APRDC to hire an agency which will prepare a detailed report on how good roads can save time, energy, fuel and health of people. This report, he said, should be publicized widely. Given that Andhra Pradesh is set to become a hub for industries, he stated at the Nellore-Tirupati-Chennai industrial cluster should be taken up on a priority basis.

Roads which connect the industrial clusters are being developed under the “Industrial Corridor Development Program.” For this, the Chief Minister said the R&B department should work with the Industries department to ensure that connectivity between clusters, ports, airports and national highways is not missed out. “This will ensure easy travel, access to all places and saves time,” he added. Further, he instructed them that Visakhapatnam-Bheemunipatnam road should be completed within next 10 months. “This should be ready before February 2016 where the Indian Navy will host the international fleet review on Visakhapatnam,” he added. Even the Bheemunipatnam-Bhogapuram road should be inter-connected, which can later be connected to National Highway, he added.

The Chief Minister asked the department to explore options to connect Hill areas to beach. “The Hill-Beach access has to be done in a way that we protect the sea. Take measures to arrest sea erosion,” he added. Naidu said World Bank Assistance which will be given to the Government of India for roads is Rs 50,000 crore. He directed officials to ensure that Andhra Pradesh is included in the scheme. While the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) sets the standards for roads in India, the Chief Minister asked the department officials to set standards for six -lane and eight-lane highways too.

Stating that there can be no compromise on the quality of roads in the state, the Chief Minister stressed on the importance of having best roads in the State. “There are several models across the country for us to look at. Even international best practices can be incorporated. We should become a model state for having the best roads,” he added. For beautification, the Chief Minister explained that signages should be erected, accident-prone areas should be identified and people should be cautioned about them, pot-holes should be covered and roads leveled with necessary markings.

Secretary (R&B) Sam Bob informed the Chief Minister that the department under phase – 1 is working on 2,000-km of roads in the state in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. To bring down the number of accidents, the Chief Minister suggested officials to ensure that driving skills of those obtaining licenses are tested. “Set up driving centres and test the skills of those driving vehicles. Cancel licenses if their driving skills aren’t up to the mark,” he said, continuing, this is a major to save lives from accidents that can be averted.

The department has identified 76 important roads in the state and will start working on them immediately. Projects in pipeline are Kadapa-Renigunta road, Guntur-Bapatla-Devarapally road, Khammam-Tallada roads, Kurnool-Guntur road (will soon be upgraded to a National Highway), Kondamadu-Guntur, Ongole-Bestavaripeta road and Vizianagaram-Palakonda Road. (NSS)

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