The Detailed Project Report for the 64-km long national highway road connecting Anakapalle and Anandapuram was finalised. National Highway Authority of India will a lay six-lane road with two bi-pass roads at a cost of ` 2,392 crore.
The state government has to acquire 900 acres of land for the project and already 350 acres are acquired and the Revenue department has geared up to complete the entire land acquisition process. However, the state government has not finalised the compensation to the land losers.
According to the DPR, `2,392 crore was only for construction of the road and the state government will foot the land acquisition bill.
Once the collector sends his recommendations to the government, the cabinet will discuss the issue and announce compensation to the land losers. However, the government is yet to take a decision on the issue, the officials said.
In fact, the Central government sanctioned only six-lane road, keeping in view future challenges, the DPR was prepared for 8-lane road and land is also being acquired for the 8-lane road. In the first phase 6-lane road will be constructed and later it will be widened to eight lanes.
Meanwhile, a review meeting was held on the project on Sunday in which Anakapalle MP M Srinivasa Rao, NHAI and revenue officials were present. Speaking in the meeting, the special grade deputy collector, land acquisition, N Subba Raju, said that once 60 per cent of land acquisition (540 acres) is completed, tenders will be invited for the project.
Srinivasa Rao asked the officials to complete the land acquisition by April-end and call the tenders in May.
He stressed the need of the national highway stretch between Anakapalle and Anandapuram since many fatal accidents were being reported. Joe Haden Authentic Jersey