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National highway in Visakhapatnam to be widened

Deccan Chronicle
Traffic jams on National Highway passing through the city would shortly be relieved since the state government is considering to enliven the proposal for upgrading the Anandapuram-Anakapalli state highway.

The state government directed officials of urban authority to go for detailed project report on the proposal. Keeping in view the city traffic that has been shooting up every year, officials earlier proposed to convert Anandapuram-Anakapalli state highway into a four-lane or six-lane project which has been hanging fire for past four years.

The road and buildings department placed a proposal for an alternative way of converting the Anandapuram–Anakapalli state highway into a four-lane road that would serve as bypass for city part of the NH-5 from Anakapalli to Anandapuram and failed to take off as it involved huge investment in acquisition of land and project implementation costs.

National Highways Authority also proposed to convert the portion of NH in the city limits into a six-lane road and it also did not materialise. Subsequently, the AP Road Development Corporation (APRDC) also proposed to take up a four-lane highway under PPP mode and it is under pipeline. The project cost estimated was `455 crore for upgrading the road from Anakapalli to Anandapuram via Sabbavaram for a stretch of 48 km.

“Detailed project report for Vizag Metro Rail Project is going to prepared shortly. On the basis of the recommendations, we consider to make proposals for the upgradation. State highways wing has surveyed earlier but the DPR has still to be prepared. We have been requesting the state government for sometime to handover the city portion of national highway to the GVMC for maintenance,” said B. Jayaram Reddy, chief engineer of the GVMC.

If the government hands over city portion of the NH to the GVMC, Anandapuram-Anakapalli state highway would be given away to National Highways to develop according to the current needs.

Further, the Visakhapatnam Port Trust has also proposed to partner with the state government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in taking up the six-laning of the highway from Anakapalle to Anandapuram in a joint venture.

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Traffic-choked Vizag city to get bypass highway by 2020

Civil works on the much-awaited six-laning of the 51-km Anandapuram-Anakapalle road via Pendurthi are all set to begin by June, in a major thrust to the construction of a bypass highway that would skirt Vizag city altogether.
The ambitious project is expected to be finished by 2020, according to officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The need for a bypass road was being felt for a long time as the Kolkata-Chennai NH-16 that runs through Vizag gets heavily congested in the city limits, particularly during rush hour when traffic comes to a crawl.
While the cost of the civil works will be around Rs 2,000 crores, the compensation amount for land that will be acquired by NHAI is estimated to be about Rs 300 crore.
Madhya Pradesh-based Dilip Buildcon Ltd (DBL) will execute the mammoth project under the Bharatmala Pariyojana Scheme.
Confirming this to TOI, NHAI project director A Srinivasa Rao said DBL was finally awarded the six-laning of the 51-km long highway stretch. DBL will have to finish construction within 30 months from the date of starting the project.
Rao said another three months are required for completion of all formalities before beginning of the civil works, and added that they are tentatively hoping to start work by June, before the beginning the southwest monsoon.
NHAI sources said nearly 430 hectares are required for the widening of the road, and said nearly 90% of the land acquisition work has been completed so far.
Rao said nearly 120 hectares of the total 430 hectares is government land, so there is no need of compensation for the 120 hectares. Compensation is required only for the remaining land which comes to around 300 hectares.
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