Union Minister of State for Shipping and Ports Mansukh Mandaviya said that the Centre would allocate funds to the tune of Rs 40,590 crore for the development of National Highways and roads under the Sagarmala project in Andhra Pradesh. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao, Madaviya informed that under Sagarmala Pariyojana, 21 rail projects covering 1,676 km with an investment of Rs 21,444 crore and 31 road and highway projects covering 1,567 km with an outlay of Rs.19,146 crore are being built in Andhra Pradesh.
As many as 11 rail and road projects with an investment of Rs. 10,150 crore are being built under Sagarmala to improve rail and road connectivity to Krishnapatnam port. Much of this development falls in Tirupati parliamentary constituency, said Rao. Meanwhile, Union roads and surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Centre has taken up the expansion of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on a large scale.
In a written reply to GVL Narasimha Rao in Rajya Sabha, Union minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the length of National Highways in May 2014 in undivided Andhra Pradesh was 6,590 km. At present, the length of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh is 7,340 km and in Telangana, it is 3,974 km. Thanks to the rapid expansion of highways post bifurcation, the residual state of Andhra Pradesh now has more length of highways of 7,340 km than the undivided AP in 2014.
The total length of highways in two Telugu states together has increased to 11,314 km from 6,590 km in 2014. This marks a whopping addition of 4,724 km or an increase of 72 percent. In Andhra Pradesh alone, 42 National Highway projects have been completed since 2014, while 63 projects are presently under progress. In Telangana, 40 National Highway projects have been completed since 2014, while 32 projects are underway. In addition to the ongoing projects, a large number of National Highway projects are in pipeline in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – 62 in Andhra Pradesh and 23 in Telangana.