New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) The Centre has approved a sum of Rs 1116.97 lakh for road repair works in Andhra Pradesh.
The projects were approved by Road Transport and Highways Minister T R Baalu following a representation from the state government, a ministry official today said.
An amount of Rs 743.56 lakh has been sanctioned for improvement of riding quality of a 21 km stretech of Chennai-Chittor-Bangalore road on NH-4.
This road serves as a link road between NH 46 and NH 7 and passes through important Mandal headquarters like Gudipala, Chittoor, Bangarupalem, Palamaner, besides touching commercial towns like Chittoor and Kolar.
Most of the agricultural products from these commercial towns are transported to district headquarters as well as to the two cities of Chennai and Bangalore through this road only.
''Therefore, the proposal to strengthen the riding surface has been approved,'' the official said.
Further, an amount of Rs 373.41 lakh has been sanctioned for strengthening the existing carriageway of NH 16 (Nizamabad-Jagdalpur road), which is an old National Highway connecting Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh with Jagdalpur in Chattisgarh.
This road is an important link to Mancheriyal coal mines to various parts of Andhra Pradesh. Due to increase in traffic volume, there is an immediate necessity to strengthen the existing carriageway to cater to the needs of present day traffic.