Govt approves Rs 1,835 cr road projs in AP

The government on Tuesday approved two projects of widening of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa entailing a total investment of about Rs 1,835 crore.

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday approved two
projects of widening of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh
and Orissa entailing a total investment of about Rs 1,835
crore under its flagship road building programme NHDP.

The Cabinet Committee of Infrastructure (CCI) on tuesday
approved projects for four laning of Vijayawada-Machlipatnam
section of NH 9 in Andhra Pradesh and four/two laning of
Birmitrapur-Barkote section on NH 23 in Orissa under National
Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase IV-A, an official
release said.

"The total estimated cost of the project (Andhra Pradesh)
is Rs 736 crore. The total estimated cost of the project
(Orissa) is Rs 1,098.90 crore," the release said.

On land acquisition, resettlement, rehabilitation and
pre-construction, Rs 130 crore and Rs 320.75 crore will be
spent on Andhra Pradesh and Orissa projects, respectively.

Both the projects will be built on design, build,
finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis in BOT (Toll) mode
of delivery.

"The total length of the project is 64.611 km. The
concession period is 20 years, including construction period
of 24 months," the statement said about the Andhra Pradesh
project, located in Krishna district.

"The project will reduce the time and cost of travel for
traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Vijayawada
and Machilipatnam. It will also increase the employment
potential for the local labourers for the project activities,"
it added.

On the Orissa project, which is based in Sundargah and
Deogarh districts, it said the concession period is 23 years
including construction period of 30 months for 125.61 km
scheme.

"The project will reduce the time and cost of travel for
traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between
Birmitrapur-Barkote. It will also increase the employment
potential for the local labourers for the project activities,"
it said.

PTI

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