Venkaiah lays foundation stone for waterway, six highways in Andhra

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Oct 2017 09:00:56



VICE-PRESIDENT M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday laid the foundation stones for six national highway projects and an inland waterway in Andhra Pradesh.

He also dedicated seven other national highway projects. The total cost of all 13 highway projects is Rs 4,153 crore.
Venkaiah also laid the foundation stone for development of an inland waterway in the Krishna River between Muktyala and Vijayawada (National Waterway-4) in the capital region of Amaravati. In the first phase of the project, the stretch between Muktyala and Vijayawada will be developed for transportation.

The total project cost is Rs 7,015 crore and the length of the waterway will be 315 km. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari and CM N Chandrababu Naidu attended the function held here.

Venkaiah stressed the need for inter-linking of rivers and their protection. He claimed that the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme which linked Krishna and Godavari rivers saved Krishna delta from a drought-like situation. Gadkari said that the Centre would spend more than Rs 1 lakh crore on improving national highways in AP and this would give a tremendous boost to the development of the State.