‘Four-lane NH-43 to support financial action between AP & Chhattisgarh’

‘Four-lane NH-43 to support financial action between AP & Chhattisgarh’

Though the central government has approved four-laning of an 11 km stretch of NH-43, which connects Rajapulova in Vizianagaram to Raipur in Chhattisgarh, at a cost of Rs 84.12 crore, industry is demanding four-laning of the entire stretch from Vizianagaram to Raipur to boost economic activity between Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Industry sources said the four-laning of the road from Gotlam to Raipur also needs to be taken up in order to ensure smooth movement of cargo from not only Chhattisgarh, but also from the neighbouring state of Odisha.

“The four-laning of the road from Raipur to Vizianagaram, which is around 500 kms, is essential because it can help cargo movement between Chhattisgarh and Odisha to Vizag Port. Also, with rail connectivity between Vizianagaram and Raipur yet to be doubled completely, the industries from the hinterland of Chhattisgarh and Odisha can make use of the road infrastructure for transportation of cargo. Moreover, if the four-lane comes up, it will also lead to economic development in some of the backward areas of AP as well as Odisha and Chhattisgarh,” said the chief executive officer of a logistics firm based in Vizag.

According to sources, the road widening work will be taken up from the 11-km stretch from Rajapulova to Chelluru Junction in Vizianagaram district.

At the same time, sources said that the survey work on the Vizianagaram bypass road from Chelluru to Gotlam is also being taken up by the government.

“The road was earlier a two-lane stretch, but now tenders have been called for four-laning the road from Rajapulova to Chelluru Junction. This will ease movement of traffic heading towards Raipur,” said deputy engineer of roads and buildings department, K Satyabhaskar.

“Until now people going towards Vizianagaram could use the four-lane roads of NH-16 till the Y-junction at Rajapulova, but when they turned towards Vizianagaram it became a two-lane road stretch,” said a realtor, adding that it would also help improve property prices along the stretch where already more than 20 layouts were being promoted by various developers.

Sources also said that survey of a 17-km stretch from Chelluru to Gotlam on the Vizianagaram bypass road is also underway and the various issues related to land allocation for the bypass stretch are being taken up with the assistance of the district administration.

While around Rs 230 crore has been sanctioned for the project, sources said that completion of survey and other necessary work would take around 18 months.

According to sources, the road widening work will be taken up from the 11-km stretch from Rajapulova to Chelluru Junction in Vizianagaram district. At the same time, sources said that survey work on the Vizianagaram bypass road from Chelluru to Gotlam is also being taken up by the government.

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