Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi members of parliament (TRS MPs) on Friday submitted a memorandum to union transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the recognition of new national highways in Telangana.
A delegation of TRS MPs, led by Lok Sabha Nama party leader Nageswara Rao, has submitted a petition demanding the release of CRF funds for the construction of national highways in Telangana and recognition of the new national highways.
The MP urged the minister that Rs 620 crore of central road funds, due to the state for 2021, to be released for road construction and proposals have already been submitted by the state government to the center in this regard, a statement from the MP’s office said on Friday.
Since the formation of Telangana state, roads covering 3,306 kilometers have been identified as state highways, of which 2,168 kilometers have so far been identified as national highways. Nageswara Rao said the remaining 1,138 km of roads should be identified as national highways.
The MP said that the expansion of the national highways will help with the development of tourism in the state as well as connecting the neighboring states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and developing the backward areas in the states.
The 186-km long road connecting Choutuppal – Amangal – Shadnagar – Kandi; 165-km road connecting Karimnagar – Sircilla – Kamareddy – Ellareddy – Pitlam; 70-km road connecting Kothakota Gudur – Mantralayam; 25-km road connecting Zaheerabad – Bidar – Deglur have to be given National Highways status.
The construction of Alinagar Road on NH 167 at a cost of Rs 220 crore has been approved, the MP said, indicating that if the existing two-lane road in Miryalaguda is converted into a four-lane road, it will be time-constrained and financially burdensome.
The TRS MPs called on the minister of the union to take the necessary steps for the construction of roads in the state and recognition of the national highway as early as possible. The MPS congratulated Gadkari and thanked him for giving a green signal to the Regional Ring Road (RRR) to be built around Hyderabad.
Pothuganti Ramulu, Banda Prakash, Malothu Kavitha, Pasunuri Dayakar, Badugula Lingaya Yadav, Gaddam Ranjit Reddy, KR Suresh Reddy and BB Patil were present.