Vijayawada: The expansion of Machilipatnam-Vijayawada Road including the flyover at Benz Circle got approvals from Central government. The project will be taken up under EPC system at a cost of Rs 1,399 crore. While Rs 8,71 crore will be spent on road works, remaining amount will be spent for land acquisition.
Besides, the MPs of Vijayawada-Machilipatnam submitted a request to the ministry of surface transport and National Highways Authority of India regarding the expansion of the Benz Circle flyover up to the Ramesh Hospital Junction instead of Nirmala Convent Road.
While the MPs expressed confidence that the works on the project will begin within the next two months including tendering process, the officials of district administration are planning to lay the foundation stone on Vijaya Dashami.
It may be recalled that the expansion of Machilipatnam-Vijayawada Road was allotted to Madhucon Construction Company under BOT. However, the tender was cancelled when the company did not take up works citing various reasons including several hurdles in the land acquisition process.
In this backdrop, the NHAI cancelled tenders and redesigned the project on EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) system. MP Konakalla Narayana said that the Central government would provide necessary funds and tendering process would be initiated in next two months. He added that the road would give more connectivity for Machilipatnam port.
The MP assured that all problems related to the land acquisition process would be solved and project would be completed within three years. On the other hand, the officials of NHAI sent the revised proposals to the ministry.
Meanwhile, Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) also requested the officials to expand the flyover up to Ramesh Hospital centre. While earlier the officials proposed flyover from Screw Bridge centre to Nirmala Convent Road, due to the heavy traffic at Ramesh Hospital centre, they proposed to increase the length. After new changes, the project would be initiated soon, Mr Kesineni said. He said that MPs have met Mr Nitin Gadkari and submitted a report....
Location: Andhra Pradesh