Rajahmundry: The changing needs of road transport has promoted the authorities to go in for search of alternative routes and for development of existing ones to suit these needs in Godavari districts.
The increased cargo handling at Kakinada Port, the rapid industrialisation brought out the need for the highway authorities to opt for the activity at the earliest.
The latest development towards this is, the new highway proposal for the development of the existing Kakinada- Khammam road into national highway to provide an alternative route to Hyderabad.
According to NH 216 sources, a proposal was put forward with the ministry of surface transport to develop this road for a distance of about 375 kms. They also want to utilise the already cleared WB-aided Kakinada- Vemagiri road project at a cost of Rs 3,128 crore.
With Sarve Satyanarayana, minister of state for surface transport at the helm of affairs the clearance for this project is expected at an early date. The Kakinada MP and Union minister Dr M. M. Pallam Raju and the Rajahmundry MP V. Arun Kumar should use their good offices to get the clearance.
It is also said that our MPs should emulate their counterparts from Tamil Nadu who got several roads cleared as national highways for better connectivity.
It is learnt that once the proposal for national highway status cleared the maintenance rests with the National Highway Authority of India and the state concerned will have no financial burden of any form in this aspect.