Krishna District Collector Peeyush Kumar would convene on December 10 a meeting with officials of various departments to discuss traffic problem in the city, according to Roads and Buildings (R&B) Minister Galla Aruna Kumari.

The meeting would be attended by officials of the Roads and Buildings (R&B), city police, National Highways Authority of India, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and people’s representatives to discuss traffic problems, pending proposals and possible solutions. Later, a high-level meeting would be convened in Hyderabad to take the deliberations of the meeting to their logical conclusion, she said here on Thursday.

The Minister reviewed the progress of various works taken up by the R&B, and problems relating to roads with MLAs of the district at the Collector’s camp office here. She later told reporters that the district administration had been asked to conduct a feasibility study for laying another tunnel road in One Town near the existing tunnel as part of plans to ease traffic congestion in the city.

Referring to the damage being caused by lorries transporting sand and cement in Nandigama, Kanchikacherla, Jaggayyapeta and other areas, Ms. Aruna Kumari said that a proposal to develop road network on BOT basis was mooted at the meeting so tax could be collected only from sand and cement lorries using these roads. The Andhra Pradesh Roads Development Corporation would carry out the viability study for the same.

Four-laning

Referring to four-laning of Vijayawada-Hyderabad road, Ms. Aruna Kumari said that six special teams were formed for land acquisition, and the process would be completed at the earliest. The GMR, which bagged the contract, had informed that it would begin the works in January 2010 and complete them in the next two and a half years.

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