The Hindu Business Line
Centre approves five road projects in Telangana worth ₹8,000 crore
NHAI has doubled the road length in the State, says Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister for Roads and Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari has announced clearance for five road projects proposed by Telangana which entail a total outlay of ₹8,000 crore.
These projects include Suryapet-Khammam, a stretch of 60 km (₹1,000 crore), MancherialChandrapur 90 km (₹1,500 crore), Sangareddy-Nanded– Akola 140 km (₹2,300 crore), JagtialKarimnagar-Warangal 130 km (₹2,500 crore) and KodadKhammam section of NH 365: 40 km (₹700 crore). The total length of these roads is 460 km with an outlay of ₹8,000 crore. Addressing the special plenary of 77th Indian Road Congress here on Saturday, Gadkari said, “India had 52 lakh km of roads out of which only 96,000 km was under National Highway Authority of India and this carried 40 per cent of Indian traffic. We set a target of 2 lakh km for NHAI and reached the target of 1.65 lakh km. The NHAI has doubled the road length in Telangana.”
“Whatever the Telangana government is asking, we are giving,” he said.
Recalls foreign trip
Recalling his recent road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, he wondered why India cannot create such roads. While referring to the road link between Mumbai and Goa, he said engineers were asked to to keep an eye on tourism potential where hotels, shopping plazas, spots for observing nature would be developed.
Tummala Nageswara Rao, R&B Minister of Telangana, thanked the Union Minister for the Centre’s assent to various road projects in the State.