Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, has sanctioned projects worth Rs 573.13 crore for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which include road widening and connecting important tourist locations.
This is to promote the economy and provide the government control over Left Wing Extremist (LWE) activities.
On Thursday (24 November), Gadkari announced that the Hyderabad-Bhupalapatnam section of NH-163 in Mulugu district, Telangana, has received approval to be widened from a two-lane road to a two-lane with paved shoulders at a cost of Rs 136.22 crore.
The union minister said that the project's route connects two popular tourist destinations, Laknavaram Lake and Bogatha Waterfalls. Telangana and Chattishgarh's interstate connectivity will be improved by the building of this stretch.
The Mulugu district also hosts the world famous Sammakka Saralamma Jathara or Medaram Jathara, a tribal festival which is celebrated at Medaram.
According to the Minister, the government would be better able to regulate LWE activities if this stretch of land were developed because Mulugu is a district that is afflicted by LWE.
Gadkari also announced that NH-167K in the Nagarkurnool district of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has been cleared for repair and upgrade to 2/4 lane with paved shoulders. It includes the approaches of the iconic bridge across the Krishna River.
The project is expected to cost Rs 436.91 crore, reports Economic Times.
According to him, the NH-167K will cut the travel between Hyderabad or Kalwakurthy and popular locations like Tirupati, Nandyala, or Chennai in half, cutting the route by around 80 kilometres after it is finished.
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