Nitin Gadkari, the Union Road, Transport and Highway Minister, on the 16th of October, inaugurated the Kanaka Durga Flyover and the Benz Circle Flyover, in Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Gadkari along with Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, launched the much awaited flyovers in Vijayawada.
In addition to the launch of the flyovers, Nitin Gadkari also laid the foundation stone for 16 National Highways projects with a total length of 1,411 km.
The worth of the 16 National Highways project is Rs. 15,592 crores.
The event was attended by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, the Union Minister of State, General Dr. V.K. Singh (retired) and G. Kishan Reddy, the cabinet ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Members of Parliament (MPs,) Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and other senior officials of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP.)
During the inaugural event, Mr. Gadkari said, the length of the national highways in Andhra Pradesh before May 2014 was 4,193 km, which has now increased to 6,860 km. Thus, there has been an increase of 2,667 km (64%) in NH length during the past 6 years.
Work on the Kanaka Durga flyover was started from the 22nd of November, 2015 under the then ruling Government, the Telugu Desam Party.
However, due to delay in payment, the construction was halted. The construction once again started under the leadership of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP.)
The launch of the Kanaka Durga flyover would help the traffic to reduce in Vijayawada.
In addition, Vehicles running on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad Highway could take the flyover instead of passing through the city.
Shankara Narayana, the Minister of Road and Transport in Andhra Pradesh, said, the 2.6 km six lane flyover was constructed by Soma Construction Company under the supervision of R&B department using span and wing technology at an estimated cost of Rs. 467 crore.
The State Government tested load capacity thrice to open the flyover for public and vehicular traffic in Vijayawada.
Initially, the newly constructed flyover was scheduled to open for the public on the 4th of September. However the date was postponed due to the death of the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
Later, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) decided to launch on the 18th of September. Once again, it was delayed as Nitin Gadkari tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Finally, the flyover was inaugurated on the 16th of October.
The flyover is one of the major constructions in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada City.
The 2.3 kilometre long flyover was constructed at a cost of Rs. 447 crores which connects Hyderabad and Vijayawada.
The total length of the flyover is 5.3 km including the approach road. It begins at Kummaripalem and ends at the Rajiv Gandhi Municipal Park.
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