Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stones for 8 National Highway Projects in Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh. The overall worth of all the projects combined is Rs 3,000 crore. After completion, the projects will provide green field road connectivity to Kakinada SEZ, SEZ Port, Fishing Harbour, and Kakinada Anchorage Port, which will smoothen the export of rice, seafood, oil meals, iron-ore, biofuel, granite, etc. through Kakinada Port.
According to a release by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Gadkari further said the road projects include the construction of five flyovers at Kaikaram, Morampudi, Undarajavaram, Tetali, and Jonnada and after their completion, it would provide hassle-free and safe traffic movement for places like Namavaram, Satellite City, Mandapeta, Ramchandrapuram, Kakinada, Undarajavaram, Nidadavolu, Tanuku Town and Kaikaram. Special safety features will be ensured for the rectification of black spots.
Gadkari said the other three projects that include 4-laning of Vakalapudi-Uppada-Annavaram and Samarlakota-Achampeta Junction and construction of 2-lane with paved shoulders from Rampachodavaram to Koyyuru will provide road connectivity to religious locations such as Samarlakota, Annavaram Bikkavolu, Ryali, and Pithapuram. He said it would also provide road connectivity to tribal areas such as Araku and Lambasinghi and important tourist destinations of Andhra Pradesh such as Arakku Valley and Caves. It would also provide safe, better, and fast intra-state connectivity through Kakinada and Alluri Sitharama districts, he added.
Gadkari said the government is dedicated to unfolding prosperity in Andhra Pradesh through world-class infrastructure and the development of the above projects would create large-scale employment in the state. In February this year, Gadkari laid the foundation for 51 road projects worth over Rs 21,000 crore in Andhra Pradesh.