Work on the most awaited Vijayawada bypass road in Krishna district picked up at last much to the happiness of the people of this region. Though this is called Vijayawada bypass, this 103.59 km long highway starts from Kaza in Guntur district and ends at Gundugolanu in West Godavari district via Gollapudi, Vedurupa-vuluru, China Avutapalli and Hanuman Junction in Krishna district.
This new road will be constructed as four-lane way from Kaza to China Avutapalli and from China Avutapalli to Gundugolanu it will be six-laned. Already 97% of the land required for it was acquired. The total project cost of this highway is Rs 1,684. 59 crore. The ministry of road transport and highways is the sponsoring authority and the National Highways Authority of India is the executive agency. Gammon India, the contracting firm, started the work first in Guntur district and of late in Krishna and West Godavari districts. It started the work on September 1. In the ini-tial weeks the work was confined to cutting of trees and fixing of the
boundaries on both the sides. After this, the firm started clearing and rolling the land ear-marked for the road. Heavy and sophisticated machinery is being used for it. At present the work is going on between Vedurupavuluru and Surampalli in Krishna district near Vijayawada. The contracting firm which has already set up its office near Hanuman Junction is planning to open new offices at some other places also so that the work is done swiftly throughout the length. This 200 ft width high-way will have to be completed by February 28, 2017.
After completion it will have three toll plazas at Venkatapalem in Guntur district, Vedurupavuluru in Krishna district and Kalaparru in West Godavari district. Meanwhile, this road whose objective is to ease the traffic in Vijayawada is being used by the real-tors of Krishna district, especially from Gannavaram and Vijayawada rural mandals to sell plots and lands at fancy rates.
Source: Deccan Chronicle