HYDERABAD: With twin objectives of improving economic activity along the Godavari and Pranahitha rivers and also to curb Maoist activity on the Chattisgarh border, the Telangana government has proposed to develop a corridor along the two major rivers in the state. The ambitious Rs 3,000-crore project will pass through Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts, covering a distance of 330 km.
While the detailed project reports (DPRs) are being readied for improving roads from two-lanes to four-lanes, also aiming to provide connectivity in some areas where there are no proper roads, the Telangana government is planning to get all necessary permissions such as environment clearances for the ambitious project.

The government is planning to tap funds from the Centre by declaring the corridor as national highways. Sources said the Union transport ministry also accepted the proposal and said it would be part of a mega conversion of 1,850 km state highways to national highways.

Officials said the upgradation of roads is being proposed in three parts. Part-1 is from Sarapaka in Khammam district to Eturunagaram in Warangal district via Manuguru, Rajupeta, Maluru, Ramagundem along river Godavari. Part-2 covers missing links from Eturunagaram in Warangal distict to Mahadevpur in Karimnagar district via Kothuru, Singur, Tupakulagudem, Suraram along River Godavari.The third part begins at Kaleshwaram to Sirpur in Adilabad district via Vemanpally , Bejjur and Kouthala along the River Pranahitha in Adilabad district.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is keen on the project as the river corridor will fuel economic activity with development of some industrial clusters on the lines of coastal corridor. The Union government will also fund such projects in the states, sources in the government said. The improved road connectivity will help to develop tourism in the state for areas such as Kaleshwaram.

The state government hopes that development of roads to four lanes would also help in controlling the Maoist menace along the Chattisgarh border. There has been Maoist activity on Chattisgarh state border districts in Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad district.

Source: TOI-Hyd