Gadkari to launch National Highway projects worth Rs 4468 crore in Andhra Pradesh

Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate National Highway (NH) projects worth Rs 1928.46 crore and lay the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 2539.08 crore in Andhra Pradesh on October 3.
In addition to this, Mr Gadkari will also lay the foundation stone for the development of the Muktyala-Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterway – 4).
An official press release said approximately 415 km of national highways would be inaugurated by the Minister and he would lay the foundation stone for another 250 km.
The projects include rehabilitation and upgradation of existing national highways, besides construction of a four-lane bypass to Vijayanagaram Town on NH 43 (new NH 26).
The release said that, as per a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Andhra Pradesh on April 14, 2016, NW-4 is proposed to be developed in three phases. In the first phase, it will be from Muktyala to Vijayawada (Krishna River), a distance of 82 Km, Vijayawada to Kakinada (Eluru canal & Kakinada canal) and Rajahmundry to Polavaram stretch of Godavari (233 Km) in the second phase and Commamur Canal, Buckingham canal and balance stretches of Krishna & Godavari Rivers (573km) in the third phase.
Mr Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for Phase- I on October 3. Work on this phase, development of the 82 km from Muktiyala to Vijayawada stretch has already commenced. Dredging began in the shallow areas in May this year, and the work is expected to be complete by June 2019. 
Permission for work on Temporary Terminal Facilities was awarded in August this year and is expected to be completed by June 2018. For the Permanent Terminal Facilities, the work is expected to be awarded by March 2018 and completed by June 2019. Night Navigational aids will be taken up in 2018.
The project will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch of NW-4.
A proposal for Phase-II has been recommended by IWAI board for PIB/Cabinet. Also, a proposal for the formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project is under consideration for the approval of Cabinet. The SPV is expected to be formed by November 2017.
National Waterway 4 was declared in November 2008 for a total length of 1078 km. This length was extended to 2890 km by NW Act-2016.


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