Officials are preparing the draft bill which will be introduced in the TS Assembly during the ensuing session scheduled to commence from Oct 27.
Hyderabad: The State government is all set to expand its road network from the existing 25,792 km to 42,053 km to connect all villages, towns, district headquarters and Hyderabad city. Nearly 16,261 km of new roads will be laid in the State. A draft copy of the master plan will be placed before Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for approval and will be launched by December this year. The proposal for establishment of a State Road Fund (SRF) is also under the active consideration of the Chief Minister where seperate funds will be allocated for road development.
Under the State flagship road development programme ‘Telangana Rahadarula Abhivruddhi Karyakramam (TRAK)’, the State government has already released Rs 600 crore for development of key roads. Funds to the tune of about Rs 24,000 crore are being pooled from various sources including funds from a banking consortium led by Vijaya Bank.
Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageshwara Rao reviewed the corrections in the draft plan of TRAK, along with TRAK chairman T Narsareddy, Principal Secretary Sunil Sharma, R&B Engineer-in-Chief Ravinder Rao, National Academy of Construction director general K Bikshapathi and representatives of LEA Consultants, at NAC premises here on Wednesday. (Till here for Pg 1)
To enable the government take up road development on a large scale, the Roads and Buildings department has decided to bring new legislation amending the existing rules to enable Road Development Corporation (RDC) to take up road development projects with public-private partnership, externally aided projects and other flagship projects. The officials are preparing the draft bill which will be introduced in the TS Legislative Assembly during the ensuing session scheduled to commence from October 27.
While the major roads will be developed under the state road development programme ‘Telangana Rahadarula Abhivruddhi Karyakramam (TRAK)’, around 2,000 km of major road will be laid under Strategic Options Study (SOS). “Under TRAK, we will develop a road network of 5,107 km comprising ring roads, corridors and radial roads. Of this, national highways are already existing in an extent of 905 km and another 239 km overlap with existing road network. Hence, we would be laying 3,963 km of new roads,” he explained.
Upon completion, TRAK will create direct connectivity for 30 of 31 district headquarters, 425 of 583 mandals, 164 of 387 industrial parks, 87 of 207 tourist spots and 91 of 192 agriculture market yards among others. In terms of population, about 87 lakh people will be covered, besides ensuring better road connectivity to five neighbouring States.