The Godavari River in Telangana will be converted into a water way soon, Minister for Roads & Buildings Tummala Nageshwara Rao said today.
The minister, who made a visit to Adilabad district here along with other ministers Jogu Ramanna and A Indrakaran Reddy, told the media that the Centre has agreed in principle to transform Godavari river flowing area into Water Way to encourage water transportation. Efforts were on to transform the Godavari riparian area into a water way. This will connect Adilabbad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts and boost water transport in a big way he opined.
A big national highway in Telangana will become operational on completion of 334-km stretch connecting Kautala in Adilabad, Kaleshwaram in Karimnagar and Bhadrachalam in Khammam districts, he said. The Minister said they have increased the number of national highways in previous Adilabad District to 404-km from 258 km and four more national highways were sanctioned for the district.
Besides giving top priority for roads development, the State government was for encouraging water transportation along the Godavari River. Rs 2000 crore has been sanctioned for Adilabad district towards roads development. In the wake of Andhra Pradesh completing water way from lower Bhadrachalam to Chennai through Backingham canal, we urged the Centre to give permission for water way in Telangana and the latter agreed in principle, he said. Tummala also said water way with Maharashtra will be in place once the national highway along Adilabbad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts gets completed. (NSS)