The long pending flyover across the Krishna to connect the capital city region Amaravati in Guntur and Krishna districts is likely to be a reality very shortly as the state government has cleared hurdles to land acquisition. The works on the construction of six-lane National Highway have commenced near Venkatapalem in Amaravati area in Guntur district and the contractor of the flyover, Adani group, is also readying to kick-start the works.
The project was conceived a decade ago to ease traffic congestion in Vijayawada city by creating a bypass to the existing National Highways passing through Vijayawada.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) took up the project after seeing heavy traffic jam on Kanakadurga Varadhi, the lone flyover in operation, to handle the heavy vehicles between Chennai-Howrah. The project was designed in such a way that the a six-lane bypass to the present NH-16 to be constructed from Venkapatapalem village near Tadepalle. A 3.2km long flyover would land near Gollapudi on the outskirts of Vijayawada city. The NH had proposed another bypass to the NH-65 from Gollapudi to Gannavaram to avoid heavy vehicles coming into Vijayawada city.
Just before the commencement of the works, TDP came into power in the state after 2014 elections and then chief minister Chandrababu Naidu stalled the works of the river over bridge after the announcement of the capital city Amaravati. He wanted to make the flyover as an iconic bridge and promised to take additional cost from the state exchequer. Since the flyover is considered to be the direct connecting point to the capital city Amaravati, he wanted to make it a prestigious project. He, however, could not finalise the designs resulting in launch of the work.
After YS Jagan Mohan Reddy taking over the reins of the state, the state government dropped the iconic bridge plans and asked the NHAI to go ahead with its original plan to construct the flyover. “We have cleared all the hurdles related to the land acquisition and launched the works,” said Srinivas, project director, NHAI.