In order to transform state highways into national highways, one thousand crore rupees has been approved by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The projects major goal is to connect Ananathpur to the new capital, Amravathi through Kurnool. This would cover a total of 452 km. The project also focuses on connecting NH 40 and NH 65 via Kurnool, Kadapa and Anantapur over a distance of 132 km. The existing four-lane roads would be expanded to six and eight lanes.
The project as a whole would be taken up in the public-private partnership mode according to reports from the office of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Funds for the project would be drawn from the National Highway Authority of India’s (NHAI’s) budget. Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari gave an in-principle nod for the proposed 186-km Outer Ring Road (ORR) around Amaravati, which would be the world’s longest ring road connecting the new capital from different directions.
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