Hyderabad: The Union Government has approved projects worth Rs 573.13 crore for both Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the widening of existing 2 lane road to 2 lane with Paved shoulders from Hyderabad-Bhupalapatnam section of NH-163 in Mulugu district, Telangana has been approved at a total cost of Rs 136.22 Crore.
The project stretch connects major tourist places namely Laknavaram lake and Bogotha Waterfalls.
The development of this stretch will improve the inter-state connectivity between Telangana and Chattishgarh, he said.
Gadkari said Mulugu district is a Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected district and the development of this stretch would help the Government to have control over LWE activities.
He said Rehabilitation and Upgradation to 2/4 lane with paved shoulders on NH-167K including the approaches of Iconic Bridge across river Krishna in Nagarkurnool district in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has been approved at the total cost of Rs. 436.91 crore on EPC mode.
He said the NH-167K would reduce the distance between Hyderabad and Kalwakurthy and important destinations like Tirupati, Nandyala and Chennai by about 80 Km as the traffic following on NH-44 will take to NH-167K after completion.
He said Nandyal is an important trading center for agricultural products & forest products as it is nearer to Nallamala Forest. The sanctioned Iconic Bridge at Kollapur would be the Gateway for both the States and help promote tourism, he added.