• Telangana gets Rs 8,000 crore highway projects ‘gift’

    Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday announced Rs 8,000 crore worth projects for development of national highways in Telangana. The road projects, extending to 460 km include development of the Jagityal-Karimnagar, Suryapet-Khammam, Sangareddy-Nanded, Mancherial -Chandrapur and Kodad-Khammam national highways.
    Speaking at the 77th annual session of Indian Roads Congress (IRC), the Union minister asked state governments to utilize services of engineering and polytechnic students in creation of road infrastructure in their respective states. He said that road projects should be designed to be accidents-free and people should also be encouraged to use alternative fuels such as bio-diesel and methanol.
    Gadkari said the Centre in creased the length of national highways from 96,000 km to 2 lakh km as national highways play a key role in economic development. He advised the states to make use of waste material such as plastic and mining waste in road construction and asked to take the help of IITs in the waste usage technology. The minister said the Centre would bear the cost of bridges if they were constructed linking check-dams, which would be helpful for conservation of water. He announced that the government would soon invite Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for inauguration of a bridge across Godavari river at Sironcha in Maharashtra. Telangana roads and buildings (R&B) department minister Tummala Nageshwara Rao, IRC chairman SS Porwal and secretary general SS Nahar, R&B department principal secretary Sunil Sharma, engineers-in-chief of R&B dept, Bikshapathiwere present at the event. Adrian Clayborn Jersey

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