Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects worth over Rs 10,500 crore at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
The projects include the Andhra Pradesh section of the six-lane Greenfield Raipur- Visakhapatnam Economic Corridor which will be built with an investment of more than Rs 3,750 crore.
“The Economic Corridor will provide faster connectivity between Industrial Nodes of Chhattisgarh and Odisha to Visakhapatnam Port and the Chennai – Kolkata national highway. It will also improve connectivity to tribal and backward areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a dedicated Port Road from Convent Junction to Sheela Nagar Junction in Visakhapatnam. The road will ease traffic congestion in Visakhapatnam City by segregating local and port-bound goods traffic which will also make the city road safer for motorists.
Besides, PM Modi dedicated to the nation the Narasannapeta to Pathapatnam section of NH-326A built at a cost of more than Rs 200 crore as a part of the Srikakulam-Gajapati corridor.
The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation, U-field Offshore Deepwater block project of ONGC in Andhra Pradesh, developed at the cost of more than Rs 2,900 crores.
This is the deepest gas discovery of the project with a gas production potential of about 3 million metric standard cubic metres per day (MMSCMD). He will lay the foundation stone of the Srikakulam Angul Natural Gas Pipeline Project of GAIL with capacity of around 6.65 MMSCMD.
“This 745 km long pipeline will be built at a total cost of more than Rs 2650 crores. Being a part of Natural Gas Grid (NGG), the pipeline will create the vital infrastructure to supply Natural Gas to domestic households, industries, commercial units and Automobile sectors in various districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The pipeline will supply natural gas to the City Gas Distribution Network in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh,” the PMO said.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Visakhapatnam Railway Station, to be done at a cost of around Rs 450 crores. The redeveloped station would cater to 75,000 passengers per day and will improve the passenger experience by providing modern amenities.
Work on another project for the modernization and upgradation of Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour has also been flagged off. The total cost of the project is around Rs 150 crores.
The fishing harbour, after its upgradation and modernization, will double the handling capacity from 150 Tons per day to about 300 Tons per day, provide safe landing and berthing and other modern infrastructure facilities reduce turnaround time in the jetty, reduce wastage and help.