Hyderabad, Feb.4 (NSS): Union Minister of Tourism and Culture G. Kishan Reddy today urged the Chief Minister of the state KCR to release funds for the acquisition of land for the construction of 350 km long Regional Ring Road (RRR) project .
In his letter, he urged the CM to deposit 50 percent of the total cost of the land acquisition of the project with NHAI (National Highways Authority of India ). Stating that the central government is bearing the total cost of the construction of the RRR, Reddy said that the state government had agreed to bear the 50 percent cost of the land acquisition. He told the CM that the central government had not only agreed to construct the road but also issued a gazette notification on behalf of the NHAI as per section 3 of the NHAI Act . He said that the centre would take to the construction of the project under its flagship Bharat Mala Pari Yojana scheme . He told the CM that the authorities of the NHAI had not only written letters for five times to the state government asking it deposit the 50 percent of the total cost but also clarified all the doubts raised by the principal secretary of the state government on the issue.
He alleged that the state government had not yet come forward for taking the project forward even after the clarifications by the NHAI. Stating that the state government has set aside ₹500 crore for taking up the RRR project in its annual Budget for the fiscal 2022-23 , he said that it was unfortunate that the state government had not released the amount so far . He told the CM that the gazette notification issued by the central government would become useless if the state government did not deposit the amount before March 2023. He urged the CM to extend his cooperation with the central government for the construction of the project at the earliest