Rs. 1 Lakh Crore invested for development of National Highways

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Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari has said that the length of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh has increased by 2,926 km in the last four years. He said the length of NHs in the state before May 2014 was 4,193 km which has now increased to 7,118 km. A total investment for development of National Highway in Andhra Pradesh is likely to be around one lakh crore rupees. Under Bharatmala, about 2,520 km of roads amounting to Rs 44,000 crore have been envisaged.
The NH projects for which foundation stone was laid include capacity augmentation of the existing 4-lane, 13.47 km stretch of NH-16 from Icchapuram to Narasannapetat a cost of Rs 439 Crore, 6-laning of 54.20 km stretch of NH-16 from Narasannapet to Ranasthalam at a cost of Rs1,350 Crore, 6-laning of NH-16 from Ranasthalam to Anandapuram (Visakhapatnam) at a cost of Rs 1,187.10 Crore and 6-laning of Anandapuram –Pendurthi – Anakapalli Section of NH-16 at a cost of Rs 2013 Crore. These projects will improve connectivity between Chennai and Kolkata, reduce travel time between the two cities and lower traffic congestion in Vishakhapatnam city.