New Delhi: In a series of tweets Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari informed four-laning of Bhiwani-Hansi road section of national highway (NH)-148B under Bharatmala Pariyojana in Bhiwani and Hisar districts has been approved on hybrid annuity mode (HAM) in the state of Haryana with an estimated budget of ₹1322.13 Crore. He said the project would provide fast movement & good inter-district connectivity in Haryana.
The minister said the development of this section would also improve the overall efficiency of the long route traffic and freight movement that would ensure smooth and safe traffic flow as well as substantial reduction in travel time and reduced vehicle operating cost (VOC).
The project would give a boost to the basic infrastructure in Haryana that would give momentum to the overall economic development of the region, he added.
Through another series of tweets, Gadkari informed the widening of existing two-lane road to two-lane with paved shoulders from Hyderabad-Bhupalapatnam section of NH-163 in Mulugu district, Telangana has been approved at the total cost of ₹136.22 Crore. He said the project stretch connects major tourist places namely Laknavaram lake & Bogotha Waterfalls.
The development of this stretch will improve the interstate connectivity between Telangana and Chattishgarh. The minister said Mulugu district is a left wing extremism (LWE) affected district & the development of this stretch would help the authorities take the governance to remotest of the areas and thereby curb influence of LWE operatives.
Gadkari said rehabilitation and upgradation to two/four 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 ₹436.91 Crore on engineering procurement and construction (EPC) mode.
He said the NH-167K would reduce the distance between Hyderabad/Kalwakurthy & important destinations like Tirupati, Nandyala/ Chennai by about 80 km as the traffic presently following NH-44 will take to NH-167K after completion. He said Nandyala 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 helps promote tourism, he added.