India: Anantapur-Amaravati highway to trigger regional development

Along the Anantapur-Amaravati track, land has already been destined for the proposed 600 km Express Highway, connecting the Rayalaseema districts of Kurnool and Kadapa, costing Rs 3000 bln. Roads and Buildings, and National Highways division sources says the process for land acquisition is underway, taking a concrete shape with the partnership of State and Central governments.

The Collectors of the three districts are members of a committee chaired by the Chief Minister. R&B Executive Engineer Srinatha have stated that under the scheme of things, 1,017 hectares in Anantapur, 1,713 hectares in Kurnool and 1,108 hectares in Kadapa district is in the process of being acquired. A total of 8,692 hectares is required for the project. The new government will take a call on the project and take it forward as this is a prestigious project involving development of Rayalaseema districts.

The Express Highway is expected to trigger business and industrial development throughout the Rayalaseema districts. Already the route survey had been ordered by the State government to minimise travel time and ensure hassle-free ride on the express way to the capital region. The Anantapur Chamber of Commerce and the multiple fruit exporters in the district described the proposal to connect the capital to Rayalaseema and Anantapur in particular as a welcome step in the right direction.


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