RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Another National Highway is all set to come up between Rajamahendravaram and Khammam which reduce the distance by 80 km. The present distance between these two cities is 220 km and when the new highway is laid the distance will come down to 167 km.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has prepared a route map for this and the process of land acquisition is underway.
NHAI has originally proposed to retain the existing road from Tallada to Devarapalli via Aswaraopeta, Jeelugumilli, Jangareddygudem and Koyysalagudem and widen it as the four-lane highway. But the estimates for the proposal were too high and ultimately NHAI dropped the idea and planned another highway instead.
NHAI has decided to develop the new road as a greenfield project without disturbing and affecting the existing buildings, temples, ponds and other valuable assets.
The new highway will enter the East Godavari district at Raghavapuram in Chintalapudi Mandal.