‘Sagar Mala’ road network being developed along India’s coastline
- Visakhapatnam Port to be developed at a cost of Rs.6,000 cr
Amaravati: There is a great scope for development of Andhra Pradesh through Sagar Mala Project, said Union Minister for Transport, Nitin Gadkari. Addressing the gathering at Partnership Summit 2017 held in Visakhapatnam on the concluding day on Saturday, the Union minister said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was giving top priority to development of infrastructure facilities in India. Only 18 km roads were constructed per day during the last year whereas 30 km roads were built presently. The government was spending Rs.3.50 lakh crores on formation of roads in the country by December 2017, he added. The Sagar Mala Project was taken up at a cost of Rs.15 lakh crores of which Rs.1 lakh crores was already spent. The roads are coming up along the long coast of 7,500 km, he said.
Logistic expenditure will be reduced due to Sagar Mala project. The State governments will take care of land acquisition for Sagar Mala. About 40 industrial corridors are being built in the country on international standards. Two coastal economic zones will be set up in Andhra Pradesh at a cost of Rs.8 lakh crores. He further added that one crore people will get employment opportunities through the coastal economic zones and industrial corridors. The government will also sanction several projects to Andhra Pradesh namely Rs.1000 crore for Central road fund, and Rs.3500 crores for road over bridges etc. The works will be started during this year only. The Central government has sanctioned Rs.6,000 crores for development of Visakhapatnam Port. Some of the works were also completed at a cost of Rs.1665 crores and some more works are in progress at a cost of Rs.2200 crores. The Union government has also sanctioned Rs.1500 crores for taking up some more development works in the Visakhapatnam Port.