Recently, Vice-President Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated /laid the foundation stones for several National Highways projects and a project for development of Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterways – 4), along with Mr Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation at a function in Vijaywada.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu was also present on the occasion. At a function attended by the Vice President and other dignitaries seven National Highways (NH) projects were dedicated to the nation and foundation stones were laid for six NH projects in Andhra Pradesh. The total cost of all the projects being Rs. 4,193 crore. Foundation stone for the Phase-I for development of Krishna River (National Waterway -4) was also laid. In the first phase of the project, the stretch between Muktayala to Vijayawada will be developed for transportation. The total project cost is Rs. 7,015 crore and the length of the waterway 315 km.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Gadkari said that the Union Government would spend more than Rs. 1 lakh crore on improving National Highways in Andhra Pradesh and it would give a tremendous boost to the development of the state. He said a six lane access controlled greenfield Amaravathi Expressway will be built to connect the new capital city Amaravathi with Anantapur and also provide connectivity to Kurnool and Kadapa. The project has been approved with a total length of 557 km and cost of about Rs. 25,000 crore.