The process of land acquisition for the crucial Amaravati-Anantapuram national expressway has been put on fast-track by the government. District collectors have been asked to speed up field surveys.
After dawdling over it for almost three years, the Centre had lately conveyed to the state government that it was prepared to take up the building of the major infrastructure project, on condition that the state government gains the land essential for the project on its own.
The Centre clearly expressed that it will not spare around INR 2,500 crores, needed for land acquisition. The Centre has also cropped to half the width of the six-lane expressway to 100 metres from the planned 200 metres.
The state government futilely had a conflict with the Centre to include the land acquisition cost in the project cost citing the fact that the state’s finances were low subsequent to the bifurcation. Although the Centre primarily was won over with the proposal, the TDP’s departure from the NDA has transformed the balance.
The Centre has totally retreated from its progressive approach and shoved the land acquisition part into the state government’s prerogative.
Left with no alternative, the government is going to go forward with the land acquisition in order to complete the project.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s idea of The Amaravati-Anantapuram straight line expressway is to connect the Rayalaseema region with the capital city area faster and easier.
This expressway is regarded to be the first and longest expressway in the country to have been designed minus many bends and turns during the course of the length.
The district collectors of Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, Anantapuram and Kadapa have been asked to speed up the process of land acquisition state government.
The Collectors were asked to organise extra teams to complete the survey. Guntur district collector, Kona Sasidhar, said, “We have already launched the survey, and planning to wind up early.”
Subsequent to opposition from farmers, peg marking of lands for the expressway started by the revenue department about eight months ago, was abruptly delayed.
The lessening of the road width will bring down the cost and also not only bring down the burden on the exchequer but also comfort the frayed nerves of the farmers. A six-lane road has been projected for about 208-km of the total 394-km long expressway while for the remaining 185km stretch it would be a four-lane highway.