The days of super fast connectivity for Andhra are ahead. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved a Rs 1000 Cr budget in order to convert state highways into national highways. This largely includes connecting Anantapur to the new capital Amaravati, covering a total distance of 452 km.
Anantapur to Amaravati will be connected by linking National Highway (NH) 44 and NH 65. The project also plans connecting NH 40 and NH 65 via Kurnool, Kadapa and Anantapur over a distance of 132 km. The existing four-lane roads will soon be expanded to six and eight lanes. Union Minister for Surface Transport, Nitin Gadkari has agreed to the above proposals submitted by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and has reverted with letters to the AP government.
According to the Chief Minister’s office, the esteemed project would be taken up in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Union Ministry also clarified that land acquisition will remain a sole responsibility of the State and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) would commence work once land clearance is done. Funds for the project would be drawn from the National Highway Authority of India’s (NHAI’s) budget.
Mr. Gadkari also gave an in-principle nod for the proposed 186-km Outer Ring Road (ORR) around Amaravati, which will become the world’s longest ring road connecting new capital from different directions. This connectivity promises to enhance the economic boost for the new capital in the rising.
The main purpose of the Government is to enable people to reach the new capital in four to five hours from Srikakulam, Anantapur, Kurnool or Kadapa. Another significant feature of the proposed highway is the quick connection between the IT hub Bengaluru and Amaravati.