on Hyderabad-Vijayawada section to be completed by Oct. 2012: Union Minister
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and Union Minister R. P. N. Singh at the
foundation-laying ceremony of the four-laning of the NH-9 stretch, at
Narketpally in Nalgonda district on Sunday.
NALGONDA: Highlighting the importance of laying roads in
nation-building, the Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways R. P.
N. Singh asserted that the four-laning of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of
the National Highway-9 would be completed by October 2012.
He was addressing a public meeting after laying the
foundation for the four-laning of the 182-km stretch of NH-9 at Narketpally on
Sunday evening. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and Union Minister for Urban
Development S. Jaipal Reddy attended the function, the first major one in
Telangana region in the last three months.
Mr Singh said that the expansion project from Hyderabad to
Vijayawada on NH-9 was taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 1,170 crore on Build,
Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. The project also envisages augmenting the
four-lane facility to six-lane standards before 14th year.
The NH-9, which begins at Pune in Maharashtra, extends over
841 km with 336 km in Maharashtra, 75 km in Karnataka and 430 km in Andhra
Pradesh and ends at Machilipatnam.
A total of 525 km the National Highways has been identified
in Andhra Pradesh for four-laning on BOT basis under NHDP Phase-III, the Union
Minister said, adding that four-laning of 1,024 kms length of NH-5 (Golden
Quadrilateral) was already completed. The stretch is now again being improved to
six-laning standards by the National Highways Authority of India.
Mr Jaipal Reddy said that the project which was sanctioned
in November 2007 was delayed due to technical reasons.
The contractors approached the courts which further delayed
the execution of the project by one year. Ultimately the project took off much
to the delight of all of us, he remarked.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said that improved road
infrastructure fosters the comprehensive development of backward areas.
The expansion project would ease traffic congestion and
prevent accidents on the high traffic density stretch of NH-9 which earlier
witnessed accidents at regular intervals, he said.