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Dec 27, 2008

Centre Approves 4 Lane For MTP Road

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Friday approved a slew of infrastructure projects, estimated at over Rs 16,000 crore, giving the go-ahead for upgradation of National Highways across several parts of the country.

These will include an 18.3-km-long 8-lane elevated road from Chennai Port to Maduavoyal in Tamil Nadu. Part of the larger modernisation plan for Chennai port, the proposed elevated road will allow entry to the port as well as skirting the heavy city traffic of Chennai. To be constructed on design, build, finance, operate & transfer (DBFOT) basis, the project is expected to cost Rs 1,530 crore, of which the Government will provide viability gap, funding up to 40 per cent of the total project cost.

The CCEA also approved six-laning of 181 km along the Hyderabad-Vijaywada section of NH-9 at a cost of Rs 1,600 crore and that of the busy 126-km-long Ghaziabad-Aligarh section in Uttar Pradesh at a cost of Rs 245 crore. The Patna-Buxar section and Khagarai-Bkahtiarpur section in Bihar have got the approval from the CCEA for four laning, besides four projects under National Highways Development Programme (NHDP) - Phase III, which connects places of social and economic significance. These include sections along Muzaffarnagar-Hardwar-Dehradun on NH-58 & 72.

The other sanctioned highway projects include six-laning of Pune-Solapur section of NH-9 (Rs 965.30 crore), four-laning of Tirupati-Tiruthani-Chennai section of NH 205 (Rs 922.60 crore) and four-laning of Kundapur-Surathkal and Mangalore section of NH-17 (Rs 891 crore). Projects comprising four-laning of Amritsar-Pathankot section of NH-15 (Rs 851 crore), six-laning of Kishangarh-Beawar section of NH-8 (Rs 727.38 crore) and four-laning of Coimbatore- Mettupalayam section of NH-67 (Rs 582.25 crore) were also approved.

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