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Vice President to visit Andhra Pradesh for National Waterways and National Highways programmes

New Delhi, Oct 2:-- Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation stone for the development of Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterways – 4) on Tuesday, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, according to a Ministry of Shipping release. 

 

He will also inaugurate approximately 415 km of National Highways projects worth Rs 1928.46 crores and lay the foundation stone  for another 250 km NH projects worth Rs 2539.08 crores. 

 

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will also attend the programmes.

 

As per the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the government of Andhra Pradesh on April 14, 2016, NW-4 in Andhra Pradesh is proposed to be developed in three phases

 

The first phase will be from Muktyala to Vijayawada (Krishna River) (82 Km), the second from Vijayawada to Kakinada (Eluru canal and Kakinada canal) and Rajahmundry to Polavaram stretch of Godavari (233 km) and the third phase will include Commamur Canal, Buckingham canal and balance stretches of Krishna and Godavari rivers (573 km)

 

The Vice President will lay the foundation stone for Phase- I on Tuesday.

 

Work on this phase that is development of the 82 km from Muktiyala to Vijayawada stretch has already commenced.

 

Dredging began in the shallow areas in May this year, and the work is expected to be complete by June, 2019.

 

 

The project will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch of NW-4, the release said.

 

Temporary Terminal Facilities was awarded in August this year and is expected to be complete by June 2018.

 

For the Permanent Terminal Facilities, work is expected to be awarded by March, 2018 and work to be completed by June, 2019.

 

Night Navigational aids to be taken up in 2018.

 

Three cargo terminals are proposed to be built at Muktyala, Ibrahimpatnam, and Harishchandrapur and four Passenger Terminals are to be built at Durga Ghat, Bhawani Island, Vedadari, and Amravati on NW- 4 in phase 1. 

 

The DPR for construction of these seven terminals has been completed.

 

National Waterway No.4 was declared in November, 2008 for a total length of 1,078 km. This length was extended to  2,890 km by NW Act-2016.

 

A proposal for Phase-II has been recommended by IWAI board for PIB/Cabinet.

 

Also, a proposal for formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project is under consideration for the approval of Cabinet. The SPV is expected to be formed by November 2017.

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