The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved the highest-ever outlay of Rs 12,123 crore for improvement of National Highway infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh, a senior state government official said on Wednesday. State Roads and Buildings Department Principal Secretary M T Krishna Babu said this allocation is a jump of Rs 4,258 crore over last year’s sanction of Rs 7,865 crore.
In AP, the national highways are spread over a length of 7,303.34 kilometres of which 4,007.95 km are maintained by the state Roads and Buildings Department. “We will take up improvement of the NHs maintained by the state Roads and Buildings department with the funds allotted this year. These projects will improve connectivity from industrial nodes, economic zones and places of tourist interest. This will also improve logistic efficiency and create employment opportunities, besides generating more tax revenue to the state government,” Krishna Babu said in a release. The Principal Secretary said they would complete all detailed project reports and land acquisition to commence the projects during the year itself.