National Highway projects worth Rs. 32,383 crores are stuck in Telangana. Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER G Kishan Reddy wrote to the Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrashekar Rao in this regard, highlighting the apathy on the part of the government. The minister said it was due to the requisite land acquisition not happening in the state, that the projects are not moving.
11 highway projects of 750 km
Reddy said that to complete the required land acquisition for the 11 national highway projects of 750 kilometres length, approximately 4,332 hectares of land is required at an estimated cost of Rs. 32,383 crore, however only 284 hectares of land has been handed over to the NHAI by the state government.
Tweeted Reddy in Telugu
‘I have written a letter to CM KCR asking him to take measures to provide the rest of the land on time and to cooperate in completing the projects on schedule,’ tweeted G Kishan Reddy, in Telugu, releasing the letter and the details of the projects that were currently awaiting land acquisition to be complete.
Projects stuck in the process
The projects coming to a halt owing to the non-acquisition of the required land, include the 158 Kilometre Northern Part of the Hyderabad Regional Ring Road for a cost of Rs. 13,163.18 also. The NH163G of the Nagpur Vijayawada Corridor that has approximately 275 Kilometres in the state of Telangana has also been a big casualty of the laxity in the land acquisition. The list also includes the 4 laning of 108 kilometres stretch of the Warangal–Khammam section of NH163 G for Rs. 3,397.01, the 4 laning of the 109 kilometre stretch of the Mancherial –Warangal Section of NH163 G for Rs. 3,441 and 61 Kilometres of 4 laning working in the Khammam – Vijayawada section that falls in the state of Telangana for a cost Rs. 3,007 crores.
2500 km roads constructed in 8.5 years.
The central minister G. Kishan Reddy also highlighted the work done by the Narendra Modi government in building a modern state-of-the-art National Highway Road network. ‘In the time from independence till 2014, the Telangana region had a total of 2,500 kilometers of national highways. Since 2014, another 2,500 kilometers of road have been constructed in the last eight and a half years since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister’, he wrote in his letter.