Visakhapatnam, March 3 (NSS): Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today said there are currently 70 projects underway, totalling 2,014 km and costing ₹33,540 crore in Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing Andhra Pradesh Global Investment Summit 2023 here today, Nitin Gadkari said efforts were being made to establish five Green Highways and two Expressways at a cost of ₹32,430 crore. Gadkari said during 2022-23, works costing ₹15,400 crore have been awarded for a length of 777 km across 27 projects. Additionally, two Multimodal Logistics Parks (MMLPs) have been sanctioned in Visakhapatnam and Anantapur at a cost of ₹1,797 crore, he said, adding that these MMLPs will serve as a key hub for centralizing freight cargo consolidation in the region.
Gadkari said over the past eight-and-a-half years (2014-23) of Modi Government, there has been a significant increase in the length of NHs (National Highways) in Andhra Pradesh. He said the length has expanded from 4,193 km to 8,744 km. He said “Today, we are approving the six-lane Vizag Port Highway on NH 16 near Bhogapuram with a length of 55 Km costing Rs 6300 crore.
Gadkari said in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to promoting sustainable practices, “we are focusing on converting our farmers to Urjadata while continuing to support them as Annadata. We also advocate for swadeshi manufacturing, which prioritizes safety, recyclability and sustainability. Our goal is to create opportunities for green energy and a green economy in the mobility sector”, Gadkari added.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Minister for Industry, Infrastructure & Investment Gudivada Amarnath and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.