Rs 1,000 cr for Pushkar Roads

HYDERABAD: Telangana will be transformed into a State with better road network in the country during next four years, said Minister for Roads & Buildings Tummala Nageshwara Rao.

Addressing the media at Secretariat here on Monday, the Minister said Rs 1,000 crore will be spent for completion of 3,783 km road works and Pushkar ghats in five districts where Godavari Pushkaralu will be conducted in a grand manner by May. He also said Rs 250 crore will be spent for 36 of 37 works began at Pushkar places and temples.

Tenders were called for expansion and development of existing roads at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore by next March. Besides, the government will continue construction of road over-bridges and road under-bridges at a cost of Rs 500 crore, he added. Detailed Project Report is ready for Rajiv Rahadari project and related works will be taken up once Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gives his nod, Rao said.

Tummala also said officials were directed to lay the roads with total quality. The State government will exert pressure on the Centre to set dry ports at Warangal and Kothagudem, he said, adding that the latter has agreed to include Godavari in the list of its Island Water Bill to be introduced in Parliament during next session.

He expressed concern that tractors and vehicles with kg wheels are destroying the roads which were laid spending a lot of money. A plan is on cards to construct high level bridges replacing low level bridges, he said, adding that guest houses will be modernized and repairs will be done to the existing ones connecting districts celebrating Pushkaralu and district headquarters. Half of the money of total allocated Rs 6,000 crore was used for repairs of the existing roads in the State, Rao said. Keeping this in view, the people should help the government to protect the roads without causing them cracks, he said. The minister warned of serious action against those who destroy the roads. He also said that half of the Rs 6,000 cr allotted for repairs of the roads and the people should take the responsibility to protect the same, he added. (NSS)

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