Out of the total 7,554-km of state roads identified to be developed at a cost of Rs 11,257 crore, the Telangana government has been able to develop over 5,453-km of roads spending nearly Rs 7,463 crore in the last six years. Works on remaining road development projects are in progress.
“As on June 2, 2014 when Telangana state was formed, there were no double-lane roads (bitumen blacktop two-lane) from 143 mandals to their respective district headquarters. The government released Rs 2,518 crore and 1,875-km single-lane roads were developed into double-lane roads. As on date, there are double-lane roads from all the mandals in the state to their respective district headquarters,” a senior official in the R&B said.
Officials of the roads and buildings department, on the occasion of state formation day on June 9, said one of the main target given to them by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was to improve road connectivity from state capital to district headquarters, and from district headquarters to mandal headquarters and from mandal headquarters to every village.
Even the Panchayat Raj department improved the road connectivity from mandal headquarters to every village. “A large number of roads were either not there or not repaired for years. About 10,000-km of mud roads were transformed into BT roads spending Rs 9,000 crore, making them motorable. The objective was to ensure that RTC buses and other modes of transportation is made feasible to the villages,” said the official.
Roads and buildings department was able to convince the Centre and get 3,150 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 head quarters to Greater Hyderabad.
Of the total 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 date.