The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday approved the six-laning of Narasannapeta-Ranastalam section of National Highway-16 in Andhra Pradesh at a cost of Rs 1,423 crore.
The proposed cost for development of the 54 km stretch includes cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities, a statement from the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said.
“The projected traffic in 2016-17 on this stretch is about 33,000 PCUs (Passenger Car Equivalent) per day. Keeping in view the expected traffic growth in the near future, the expansion from existing four lanes to six lanes is a very timely step,” it said.
The Ministry said that the project would also increase employment potential for local labourers from project activities.
“Employment potential of around 2,21,000 man-days will be generated locally during the construction period of this stretch,” it said.
“Consequent self-employment due to improved traffic conditions would be in addition.”