HYDERABAD: Efforts are on to shore up the transport department in tune with the plans to have world class infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh. Towards this end, budget proposals worth Rs 7,784 crore have been readied and sent to the Finance Minister for consideration.
Transport Minister S Raghava Rao told newsmen here on Friday that a major chunk of the budet proposals to the tune of Rs 6,700 crore have been sought for R&B department. For transport Rs 169 crore was sought and Rs 871 crore for RTC and another Rs 3.91 crore for Secretariat development.
The condition of the roads in the state is deplorable. “Road connectivity to some of the remote locations is non-existent. We have asked the officials to file a detailed report in one week and we will initiate steps in a phased manner,” the Minister explained.
As part of developing world class infrastructure, a sea corridor from Vizag to Chennai would be developed with each sea port connected to the national highways.
On the accident involving a school bus belonging to Chaitanya Techno School in Vijayawada, he said that rear tyres of the bus had come off, but no one was injured. “In view of the accidents involving school buses, all the Transport Commissioners in 13 districts have been asked to inspect all the school buses. A detailed report on the school buses will be submitted to the government,” he said.