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Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated 1,134 km of national highways from Gurugram, Haryana, on Monday. The National Highways Authority of India, under the auspices of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, organised a ceremonial programme in Vijayawada.
During the event, Prime Minister Modi not only inaugurated and dedicated several projects across the nation, including the Haryana section (Delhi-Gurugram) among 16 states, with a collective investment exceeding Rs 1 lakh crore but also laid foundation stones for numerous other projects.
Among the projects dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, those in Andhra Pradesh include a 51-km, six-lane Anandapuram – Pendurthi – Anakapalli section costing Rs 2,957 crore, a 127-km, two-lane Gurjanapally – Avanigadda road costing Rs 1,185 crore, a 27-km, six-lane Gundugunu-Kalbarru section worth Rs 666 crores, a 17-km, four-lane Vizianagaram Town Bypass valued at Rs 429 crore, a seven-km, four-lane Murkambatu – Cherlopalli section with an investment of Rs 89 crores, and a 23-km, two-lane Devarapalli – Jeelugumilli section undertaken at Rs 85 crore. Similarly, among the projects initiated by the Prime Minister is the Rs 14,060 crore investment in the 344-km-long six-lane (NH-544G) Bangalore-Kadapa-Vijayawada Economic Corridor, along with various other projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Narendra Modi highlighted that 30 per cent of the projects launched nationwide on Monday were allocated to Andhra Pradesh. He emphasised that approximately Rs 30,000 crore are being invested in constructing national highways in the State, with several projects already completed. Modi expressed confidence that these highways would significantly contribute to the economic growth and overall development of both the country and the State, potentially attracting substantial industries. He stressed that these highways would ensure safer and faster travel for passengers, leading to reduced traffic congestion, time savings, and increased convenience. He also outlined the vision of achieving a developed India by 2047.
Purandeshwari, former Union Minister, and Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh, who participated in the program, reiterated the Center’s commitment to Andhra Pradesh’s development. They acknowledged that the timely completion of national highways was made possible through the dedicated efforts of officials, staff, and workers. They expressed optimism that the planned projects in the state would be executed swiftly and efficiently. Highlighting the significance of the Vijayawada-Bangalore national highway, designed for speeds of 100-120 km/h, they emphasized its potential to save both time and money for passengers. They also noted that over the past decade, approximately Rs 70,000 crore has been invested in constructing national highways in the state, reflecting significant progress from being ranked 11th in development in 2014 to now standing at 5th place. They concluded that the nation’s development is intricately linked with the expansion of transportation infrastructure.

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