Special Correspondent

Bridge built across the Godavari, Tirupati-Kadapa road to be named after former Chief Minister

TIRUPATI: Minister for Roads and Buildings, Galla Aruna Kumari on Tuesday asserted that the ‘fast track’ development set in motion in the State by former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy would be sustained at any cost.

Review

Addressing mediapersons after a review meeting with the senior officials and engineers of R&B, Revenue and Electricity, the minister said that the bridge built at a cost of about Rs.808 crore across the Godavari on the Kovvuru-Rajahmundry road would be named as “YSR Bridge”.

Similarly the 155 km Tirupati-Kadapa road would be named as “YSR Highway”, the Minister said and added that proposals to this effect have already been finalised and submitted to the Chief Minister.

Mrs. Aruna Kumari said that as much as Rs.2,622.43 crore was earmarked to her Ministry under different Central and State schemes for the fiscal 2009-10 and added that 450 works covering a road network spanning in all 7835 km would be taken up with the funds during the year. This is against Rs.2,864 crore sanction and Rs.2469 crore spent during the last fiscal.

As for the works in the Chittoor district, she said that 131 road works covering about 656 km were taken up by the department.

Rs.360 crore was already sanctioned for the works and already 61 works completed, she said after a review meeting with the officials at the RDO’s office here convened to assess the status of various on-going road works in the district.

Among those present were RDOs, Venkateswara Rao (Tirupati) and Subrahmanyeswara Rao (Chittoor), SE (R&B), Pulla Reddy and EE, Naganna.