In a bid to give a facelift to the capital city, the Telangana government has spent over Rs 7,463 crore in a phased manner towards road development in the last six years.
A Glimpse at Telangana Infrastructure Development
On June 2, 2014, when Telangana state was formed there were less number of National highways, most of the roads were single-lane roads, and Panchayat Raj roads have mud roads. They had not even regularly patched. The problem was known at the time of state formation, and the government has decided to build the steps for a progressive path by providing better transportation facilities.
Accordingly, 7554 km of state roads identified to be developed at Rs 11,257 crore. The government has been able to develop over 5453 km of roads, spending nearly Rs 7463 crore in the last six years. Works on remaining road improvement projects are in progress. The government released Rs 2,518 crores, and 1,875 km single-lane roads were developed into double-lane roads in Telangana. Now, there are double-lane roads from all the mandals in the State to their respective district headquarters.
The state government decided to improve road connectivity from the state capital to district headquarters, from district headquarters to mandal headquarters and from headquarter of mandal to each village. Even the department of Panchayat Raj established the road connectivity to every village from the mandal headquarters. Approximately 10,000 km of mud roads have been converted into BT roads by spending Rs 9,000 crores, making them motorable. The aim was to ensure that RTC buses and other modes of transportation are made feasible to the villages.
Roads and buildings department were able to convince the Centre and got 3150 km of new national highways sanctioned in Telangana from June 2, 2014, to till date. Several two-lane roads were developed into four-lane roads from district headquarters to Greater Hyderabad. The total of 26 major bridges planned on Manjira, Godavari, Maneru, Pranahitha, Munneru, Musi, Tungabhadra, among other rivers, the TRS government has been able to complete 17 bridges till now.
The government plans towards infrastructure developments in Telangana would strengthen the Hyderabad real estate as an investment destination.
By: Shailaja K