Plan to upgrade 19 State highways to NHs pending with Centre

March 18, 2008

Hyderabad, March 18:The proposal to convert 19 State highways into National Highways for a length of 4,832.7 km is pending with the Ministry of State Road Transport and Highways (MoSRTH).“We are waiting for their approval,” Roads and Buildings Minister T Jeevan Reddy informed A Uma Madhava Reddy (TDP) and others during the Question Hour in the Assembly on Monday.The minister said that seven roads for periodical renewal works of the length of 68.84 km at a cost of Rs 16.85 crore have been taken up and completed with the funds provided by MoSRTH. Extensive repair works to the badly damaged National Highways have also been taken up to ensure free flow of traffic.The widening of Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of National Highway-9 was being taken up by National Highways Authority of India on BOT basis and the prequalification bids have been invited, the minister said.To another question by P Rajanna Dora, the minister said that Kottaki bridge across Votti Gadda river in Vizianagaram district was in bad shape and a new bridge would be constructed at a cost of Rs 5 crore.Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy informed K Ramulu (Janata Party) that Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy would write a letter to Prime Minister seeking Padma awards to best farmers. He said that awards to the best farmers would be given at mandal levels by the State Government. Source: 

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