The State government is working on ensuring better road connectivity from Rayalaseema districts to the new capital Amaravati via Nallamalla forests. Under this initiative, the Roads and Buildings Department is proposing to construct a couple of tunnels in the Nallamalla forests, especially on the Anantapur to Amaravati route.
The existing route connecting Anantapur to Amaravati covers a distance of 472 km and plans were being made to cut short the distance by 86 km by avoiding curves and long detours. However, the new route passes through a 26 km-stretch in the Nallamalla forests and there was a need to construct a couple of tunnels to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Once developed, the new route would cut short the distance and travel time from Anantapur to Amaravati by almost five hours. All these plans were presented to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during a review meeting here on Tuesday.
Mr. Naidu instructed the authorities to synchronise the Kadapa and Kurnool routes with the Anantapur- Amaravati route. “All these plans are preliminary and the Chief Minister has suggested a few changes. We will have to prepare a final plan accordingly,” a senior official from the Roads and Buildings Department said.
800 km of roads
In all, 800 km of roads have to be constructed and emphasis was being laid on developing a four-lane road covering Krishnapatnam to Ravuru, Kadapa, Chitvel, Tadipatri, Gutti and connecting it to Bengaluru highway.
Earlier News dated 9th May 2015
Following pressure from the Andhra government, the Union surface transport ministry has agreed to develop the Anantapur-Guntur and Kur nool-Guntur corridors into four lane roads. The Centre is expected to allocate Rs 3,000Rs 4,000 crore for the development of these roads and the state government has prepared a detailed blueprint in this regard.This is necessitated to mollify the raging fury in Rayalaseema and north coastal regions.
Chandrababu Naidu government has set its eyes on connecting the far-end regions with the capital city by widened roads. While the eightlane and 10-lane road corridors (outer ring roads) are being incorporated in the capital city master plan, the government wants all the connecting roads widened into four-lane highways. “We will tap various sources, including taking loans from international agencies, to develop roads in and around the capital city as road connectivity is key to developing the capital city area,“ said transport minister Sidda Raghava Rao.
- As per the draft plan, the existing national highway (NH-5) Chennai-Kolkata will be developed between Chilakaluripet and Guntur, from where a separate four-lane road will be laid to connect Tulluru area.
- Similarly, Narasaraopet-Sattenapalle road will be widened to a four lane to take the traffic coming from Rayalaseema region to Amaravati.
- A four-lane road has also been proposed from Sattenapalle to Tulluru.
- A two-lane road was laid from Sattenapalle to Amaravati during Kalachakra celebrations in Amaravati in 2006 and this stretch would be developed to connect the capital city with Rayalaseema districts.
- Sattenapalle would be an entry point to the capital city for those travelling on Guntur-Hyderabad state highway.
- Similarly, the highway between Vijayawada-Eluru and Nuzvid- Vijayawada would be given passage on third ORR of the capital city. The mega ORR is expected to cost nearly Rs 9,000 crore.
- The state government also wants the Centre to widen NH214A between Machilipatnam and Ongole via Repalle-Ponnur-Bapatla and Chirala. The government is hoping that this would become main freight corridor from Machilipatnam port to Chennai.