Venkat asks Gadkari to convert 16 state highways into NHs

Venkat said that he requested the Union minister to expedite construction of Uppal-Ghatkesar flyover as the works have been going on for the last four years.
R&B Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy with Union Minister of Road Transport and National Highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Monday
R&B Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy with Union Minister of Road Transport and National Highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on MondayPhoto | Express

HYDERABAD: Roads & Building Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy on Monday urged Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to convert 16 state highways into national highways and allocate NH numbers to them. A request was made to allocate the numbers to national highways.

Venkat met Gadkari in New Delhi and spoke about the roads in Telangana and allocation of funds.

Later speaking to the media, he said that he requested the Union minister to expedite construction of Uppal-Ghatkesar flyover as the works have been going on for the last four years.

He said that the Union minister responded immediately and ordered the authorities to terminate the existing contract and invite new tenders to complete the works.

He said that due to the election code, work on converting Hyderabad-Vijayawada NH into a six-lane highway has been delayed a bit. “Though GMR company is supposed to take over the toll road work and complete it by 2024, they have not completed the work due to various reasons. Due to this many accidents are occurring every day and people are losing their lives. So, I urged the Union minister to complete works at the earliest,” he said.

The R&B minister said that special efforts are being made to construct the Regional Ring Road (RRR) in the state. “The RRR project was put on the back burner when the previous government wrote to the Centre, stating that it will not pay utility charges. When the Congress formed the government, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy and I sent a letter to the Centre, stating that we will pay the utility charges. Then the project moved forward,” he said.

“Gadkari also assured us that he will conduct a special review meeting on the RRR project,” he added.

During his Delhi visit, he made a courtesy call on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

He is also likely to meet Union Coal and Minister Minister G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Venkat also revealed that he is planning to meet Union Environment and Forest Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday, to seek forest clearances for the construction of roads in the state.

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