Mancherial: The much-awaited dream for a national high way between Mancherial and Chandrapur of Maharashtra will become a reality soon. With this development, Mancherial district will be able to improve its road infrastructure. The project is also set to benefit Kumaram Bheem Asifabad district, which so far was deprived of a major road network.
Union Minister for Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari announced that the 90-kilometre long stretch would be upgraded as national highway at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore. He was participating in the 77th Indian Road Congress held in Hyderabad on Saturday. Apart from this, four stretches in the State would be converted into national highways, he added.
Over a period of time, Mancherial district has undergone a remarkable industrial growth, thanks to abundance of coal, lime stone reserves and other natural resources available in the region. At the same time, Bellampalli revenue division has seen large-scale mango farming. However, the district is not equipped in road infrastructure to meet the needs of the industries and farmers, following negligence by successive governments.
However, representatives of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) are apparently focusing on improving this aspect. Peddapalli MP B Suman, who represents this district, is keen on upgrading road infrastructure. Concerned authorities have already been asked to prepare detailed project reports.
Boon for two districts
This road passes through towns such as Mandamarri, Bellampalli, Tandoor, Rebbena, Asifabad and Wankhedi before connecting Telangana with Maharashtra. It will be a boon to not only industries, but also motorists and commuters of the two districts. It will also help in easing traffic congestion and reducing travel time. Similarly, farmers will easily be able to export their products to neighbouring States with this facility.
According to authorities of national highways wing of Roads and Buildings Department, the detailed project report is being drafted by experts concerned. “Construction work of the national highway will take around a year to complete once the project commences. Efforts are on to complete the project report at the earliest,” a senior official told Telangana Today.