All important roads in the state leading to the proposed capital Amaravati will be developed as four-laned or at least three-laned. But the catch is that users have to pay toll for plying on these roads as they are to be developed under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Keeping in mind the financial crunch, the TDP government has opted for the PPP mode to develop important road corridors in the 13 districts. With the development of the new capital and industrial hubs in districts, the state government is ex pecting manifold growth in traffic on all state highways. So, it plans to keep the roads ready for increased traffic much in advance.In the first phase, the road development will be taken up with a special focus on connecting all important towns to the new capital city of Amaravati and developing alternative roads to important destinations like Hyderabad. Similarly, connectivity is to be improved to the proposed industrial hubs and corridors. Some of the roads identified for development include the ( all the below roads not necessarily connect to Amaravati but act as feeder roads to more important roads)
- Guntur-Hyderabad stretch via Sattenapalli-Amaravati
- Guntur-Bapatla-Chirala up to NH-216
- Guntur-Tenali-Repalle road up to Nizampatnam port
- Kurnool- Nandyala – Timmanayunipeta road
- Koilakuntal-Allagadda road
- Adoni – Gadwala road
- Kurnool-Atmakur road up to Guntur
- Chittoor-Tiruttani road
- ChittoorSatyavedu road
- and Molakala Cheruvu- Tamballapalli road.
The chief minister is scheduled to hold a crucial meeting with officials on 9th April and is expected to announce the decision to adopt various models to develop important roads in the state. “Out of the total road length of 40,000 km in Andhra Pradesh, several corridors with a total length of 3,500 km have been identified in the 13 districts for the purpose of private participation,“ government sources said. “Before taking a final decision, a techno-economic survey has to be conducted for these roads to assess the traffic now and in future. Based on the economic viability, all these roads will be developed either in BOT or BOT Annuity mode,“ sources said.
Vizag – Vijayawada metro DPRs ready
The Detailed Projects Reports (DPR) for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro rail projects are ready . E Sridharan, principal advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government on metro rail, is scheduled to present them to chief minister Chandrababu Naidu here on Thursday . The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which was awarded the contract of preparing the DPR, had to complete the work by March end. In fact, Naidu was supposed to receive the copies of DPRs in the presence of Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu in his Nirman Bhavan office in Delhi on Thursday .However, the chief minister had to cancel his trip to Delhi reportedly in the wake of developments in Tamil Nadu and AP following the killing of 20 labourers by AP police in the Seshachalam forests. The state is planning to complete both the metros by 2019.
“For the Vizag metro, surveys have already been conducted in the three identified corridors -Madhurawada to NAD Junction, Thatichetlapalem to Old Post office, and Gurudwara Junction to Park Hotel Junction. The corridors run an estimated stretch of 34 km,“ the sources said.
As per the initial estimates, an investment of Rs 200 crore to Rs 220 crore will be needed for laying the metro line for a kilometre. As per this calculation, the total cost of the Vizag metro is estimated to be around Rs 7,500 crore. Elaborating on the works taken up, the sources said the environmental and social impact studies are underway and the soil test, which is in progress, is expected to be completed by April second week.
Meanwhile, in the phase 1 of the Vijayawada metro project, works are to be taken up between Siddhartha Engineering College and Kannuru, and Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) Railway Station Eluru Road Ramavarappadu ring Nidmanuru corridors, sources said.
As many as 23 metro stations will come up along the BandarEluru Road. The stretch of metro rail will cover a distance of 26 km. The Vijayawada metro rail project is expected to cost around Rs 288 crore per km, taking the total project cost to be around Rs 7,500 crore.