The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has given approved road infrastructure projects in West Bengal and Telangana, as part of the government's mission to develop roadways and highways across the country. These projects are expected to boost connectivity and tourism in their respective regions.
In West Bengal, a substantial budget of ₹812.50 crore has been approved for the project to widen and strengthen the existing alignment of National Highway (NH) – 116B, which will be executed under the EPC mode. The NH-116B is a significant route that originates from Nandakumar and extends to Chandaneswar in the Balasore district of Odisha, covering a total length of 91 km in West Bengal. The proposed road project passes through important towns and popular tourist destinations such as Ramnagar, Contai, Mandarmani, and Digha in the region. The construction of this road will cater to the growing demand for heavy traffic on this route, particularly due to the development of the Tajpur Port.
In Telangana, the ministry has approved the development of a 4-Lane Access-Controlled greenfield highway section on NH 163G (Khammam to Vijayawada), which will link V. Venkatayapalem village to Brahmanapalli (K) village under the Economic Corridor. This 29.92 km long road (Package – I) will be built at a cost of ₹983.90 crore on the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM).
These projects will help the government to achieve its goal of developing the country's road infrastructure and create better connectivity, leading to economic growth and development in the regions.