Despite repeated representations by the Telangana government, the Union road transport and highways ministry has not released maintenance funds for the 936 km-long highways in the state.
One of these highways passes through Gajwel, the constituency represented by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The 150 km-long 161AA national highway stretches from Sangareddy to Narsapur, Toopran and runs via Gajwel, Pragnapur, Jagdevpur, Bhuvanagiri before terminating at its junction with NH-65 near Choutuppal. The highway is also part of the regional ring road project.
The state government’s plea for the release of Rs 213 crore towards repair and maintenance of national highways has yielded no response so far. “The ministry has not released the funds for the last one year,” said state roads and buildings minister Vemula Prashant Reddy.
With no funds available, the state’s roads and buildings department is unable to take up road repairs. The recent incessant rains, that battered the state, worsened the situation and the estimates for repairs have shot up.
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