The Union Road Transport and Highways ministry is connecting all the ports of Andhra Pradesh with four lane highways. This was announced by the union highways minister Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the AP Global Investors Summit here at Vishakhapatnam on Friday.
Addressing the gathering that included AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and industry leader, Gadkari said that his government goes by the motto of “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka prayaas”. “AP is one of the most important states in India in terms of industrial development. The state has 974 kilometres of sea front, with 6 ports with cargo handling capacity and 3 port laid industrial corridors. My ministry has decided that we will connect all the ports of Andhra Pradesh with four lane national highways. We will also be developing multi modal logistics parks along the highways,” Gadkari announced.
He further added that his ministry is developing 5 Greenfield expressway corridors of 662 kilometres and Rs 30,000 crore is being spent on them. “We are working towards reducing the road travel time. The distance between Vishakhapatnam to Raipur will reduce to just 5 hours which will further help in the exports from both states,” said Gadkari.
On connecting ports of Andhra Pradesh, Gadkari said that the centre is spending Rs 20,000 crore in AP and all the ports will be connected with highways. “We are working towards reducing the logistics cost to 9 per cent and this will happen even in AP,” said Gadkari. He added that under the Port Connectivity Master Plan, his ministry has identified 6 more projects to improve the last mile connectivity.
He even spoke about the Multi Modal Logistics Park and state and centre partnership for it. ‘‘If the state government is ready to give us land, we are ready to make multi modal logistics parks in the state across the highways. The land can be given by the state and the capital will be given by NHAI,’’ Gadkari said.