VISAKHAPATNAM: Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers reviewed the National Highways projects in the State of Andhra Pradesh, the dredging activities being undertaken by the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and the work being done by Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT).
Shri Mandaviya visited the dredging site of Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL), along the beach road in Visakhapatnam. He inspected the beach nourishment activity carried out by DCI Dredge-17, near the Kurusura Subamrine Museum and also participated in the cleanliness drive of the beach area as part of the “SWACHHTA PAKHWADA” initiative being celebrated throughout the Country. He was informed that DCI was undertaking various diversified activities in the fields of dredging, land reclamation and beach nourishment, both at Indian Ports and internationally, for example at Mongla Port, Bangladesh.
Talking about the National Highways projects Shri Mandaviya said that the long pending demand for Vizianagaram bypass has been fulfilled. The work of 4 laning of Vizainagaram bypass with concrete road for Rs.430 Cr has been sanctioned. He said that during the current financial year, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sanctioned 14 major projects costing Rs. 4500 Crore on National Highways under corridor approach and NHDP 4 scheme for Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam area grid separator at Convent Junction on Visakhapatnam Old Road is being developed at a cost of Rs.60 Crore.
Out of this, Rs.30 Crore will be funded under Sagarmala programme, Rs.15 Crore by NHAI and Rs.15 Crore by Visakhapatnam Port Trust.
Another project is the Six laning of Anakapalli- Andapuram access controlled highways as part of NH16, providing connectivity of 12 Km to Visakhapatnam Port with service road on both sides. This will be dedicated corridor to Port. Visakhapatnam Ranasthalam, NH 16 is to be 6 laned in a length of 47 Km at a cost of Rs.1000 Cr.
The Minister also witnessed the fully mechanized coal unloading at the outer harbour which is visited the outer harbour. He was briefed about the various activities of VPT. He also reviewed the petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment region.