Thursday, May 15, 2008

THREE Districts to Benefit from NH-214

Kakinada, May 14: The National Highway 214 from Kathipudi in East Godavari to Pamarru in Krishna district is expected to come into full utilisation by the first half of 2010 with the completion of the road bridge on Vainateya river en route.

The highway, for a distance of 242 kilometre, was taken up by the ministry of surface transport and highways (MSTH) to meet changing transport needs along the coast of East, West Godavari and Krishna districts in the coastal Andhra region.

The highway, which starts at Kathipudi from NH 5, connects NH 9 at Pamarru. It passes through Pithapuram, Kakinada, Yanam (under the Union Territory of Pondicherry), Mummidivaram, Amalapuram, Bodasakuru, Chinchinada, Bhimavaram to Pamaru in Krishna district. It covers the coastal areas of the three districts it passes through. At present, it takes a diversion at Bodasakurru between Amalapuram and Chinchinada in the Konaseema area at the Gannavaram aqueduct.

The road bridge at Bodasakurru on the Vainateya branch of river Godavari was taken up at a cost of Rs 70 crore in 2007 and is expected to cater to changing transport needs by the first half of 2010. On coming into full utilisation, the road is expected to provide a link road along the sea coast from Prakasam to East Godavari.

NH 214 A from Digumarru in West Godavari (near Narasapuram) to Ongole in Prakasam passes via Krishna and Guntur districts for a distance of 254 km. The road, in the next couple of years, is also expected to cater to the needs of industrial units being promoted along the coastal areas of the districts in addition to transport needs of the K-G basin off shore drilling operations in which major entrepreneurs like ONGC, Reliance, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) and Cairn Energy are involved.

Besides this, the NH is also expected to cater to the needs of the farming community for transporting farm produce along the area. NH 214 and 214 A executive engineer B. Mallikarjuna Rao said that the two highways would come into full utilisation with the completion of road bridges by first half of 2010

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