The government plans to develop a river port on the Godavari, and a dry port close to the sea in Andhra Pradesh to facilitate easy transportation of goods, the Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Mr Nitin Gadkari, said here.
He was in the state to lay the foundation stones for a new bridge across the Godavari in Bhadrachalam at an estimated cost of Rs 98.45 crore, the 49-km-long National Highway from the state’s border to Rudrampur village costing Rs 244 crore, and a 44-km-long highway from Rudrampur to Bhadrachalam town costing Rs 295 crore.
With the aim of promoting waterways in the country, the government has approved the development of 101 rivers at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh crore, the Minister added.
The Bill for declaring 101 waterways as National Waterways is scheduled to be introduced in the current session of Parliament, it is learnt.
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