Road to success:
Road density to be increased to 0.85 kms/ sq km
—) Rs 12,284 crores
—) 7500 habitations to be covered
—) 75000 kms of rural roads
—) 5,100 kms of state roadways to be upgraded as National Highways
—) 772 kms of four lanes on NH7
—) 2 lane National Highways to be converted to 4 lane
Having created a safer environment of law, order and peace, the basic factors for achieving prosperity, Naidu set to work on creating the infrastructure that would set the stage for attracting investment, economic progress and boom.
Road network development was taken on in a big way, with world class expressways and four way lanes, besides the improvement of the roads-network between various cities and in the cities and villages. A total road length of over 10,500 kms has been notified under this primary core network. In the rural segment, a secondary core network of over 53,000 kms is envisaged with atleast one all-weather road connectivity to each village.
The government is utilizing different financial sources to create a network of roads. Among them predominantly, the State worked on the Centre’s PM village Road Programme (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana), The Ministry of Railways on construction of road Over Bridges/Road Under Bridges on a cost sharing basis, through private investment using the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) procedure and NABARD loans for improving rural roads.
The State has established Road Development Corporation to raise money from the public and tap the capital markets besides approaching other external funding agencies and increasing allocations through the budget provisions. The RDC had mobilized Rs 408 crore and utilized for developing over 1,500 kms of primary road networks.
The government has also utilized the World Bank loans under the AP Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Cyclone Recovery Project to improve nearly 800 kms of roads and has constructed 41 bridges. On a similar vein, the State’s roads and building department has introduced performance-based maintenance contract on a trial basis in four districts – Nalgonda, Kurnool, Chittoor and Guntur. In 1995-96 the State had allocated over Rs 394 crore for roads whereas in 2001-02 it is over Rs 1463 crore.