Vijayawada-Machlipatnam section of NH 9 in Andhra Pradesh to be four-laned


The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) yesterday approved a project for four-laning of the Vijayawada-Machlipatnam section of National Highway (NH)-9 in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

The project will be implemented under Phase IV-A of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) on DBFOT basis in BOT (toll) mode of delivery, an official press release said.

The total estimated cost of the project is Rs.736 crore out of which Rs.130 crore will be for land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and pre-construction. The total length of the project is 64.611 km. The concession period is 20 years, including construction period of 24 months, it said.

According to the release, the project will reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Vijayawada and Machilipatnam. It will also increase the employment potential for the local labourers for the project activities, it added.


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