The YSR Congress MPs met Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Giriraj Singh in New Delhi recently and submitted representations seeking release of funds to the state.
The MPs led by party leader V Vijayasai Reddy met Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, and requested him to upgrade two state highways into national highways. The MPs wanted the central government to declare the Narsipatnam-Sabbavaram Junction road and Narsipatnam-Tuni road as national highways.
The MPs suggested the road from Sabbavaram junction be developed via Venkannapalem, Chodavaram, Vaddadi, Ravikhamatham and Kothakota, which is now the state highway. Similarly, the road from Narsipatnam to Tuni be developed passing through Gannavaram and Kotananduru. The upgradation of these two roads would come to 100 km, the MPs said.
These two roads are already connected to the Kolkata-Chennai, Raipur-Visakhapatnam, Rajamahendravaram-Vizianagaram and Pendurthy-Bowdara national highways. The state highways like Waddadi-Paderu, Anakapalli-Chodavaram Road, Narsipatnam-Tallapalem Road and Narsipatnam-Revupolavaram road are also connected. The upgradation of these two roads would ease the vehicular traffic on these connecting national highways and the state highways too, the MPs said.
The MPs met Union minister for rural development and panchayat raj, Giriraj Singh, and requested him to clear Rs 6,750 crore dues to the state. They also requested the minister to increase the wage days for the state from 100 to 150 considering the need to provide wages to the people.
The MPs sought to inform the Union minister that the state has been ahead of others in providing work for the wage seekers. The state had provided 18.4 crore wage days in 2020. They also informed the Union minister that AP had provided 16.7 crore wage days by June 30, 2021 against the target of 16 crore wage days.
The also requested him to increase the unit cost of Anganwadi centre to Rs. 20 lakh from the present Rs. 7 lakh. They said the material component cost had gone up over the years and requested the minister to consider the proposal. They also wanted the minister to change the unit cost of Rs. 20 lakh at Rs. 15 lakh as central share and Rs. 5 lakh as state government share.
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