Vijayawada: Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that interlinking of rivers and protection of rivers is a sacred duty of everyone in the country.
Naidu was addressing a gathering after laying foundation stone for the improvement of National Highways project and Inland Water Way project here today.
The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Vice President laid the foundation stone for six national highway projects and dedicated seven national highway projects with a total outlay of Rs. 4153 crore in Andhra Pradesh. He also laid the foundation stone for development of an Inland Water Way in the Krishna River between Muktyala and Vijayawada in the Andhra Pradesh capital region of Amaravati.
The Vice President said that in Andhra Pradesh till 2014, the total length of National Highway was 4193 km but at present the length of NH in Andhra Pradesh is 7913 km. A total investment of Rs. 100,000 crore is planned in Andhra Pradesh for development of National Highways under various Schemes, he added.
The Vice President said that a two lane highway project with paved shoulder from Rayachoty to Angallu section of NH-340 for 57.98 Km costing Rs.319.28 Cr is being taken up. The construction of a 4-lane 17.2 km bypass to Vizianagaram Town on NH 43is also being taken up at a cost of Rs.429.43 Cr. A Rs.574.19 Cr two lane road project with paved shoulder on a 57.87 km of Eeppurupalem-Ongole section of NH 216 is also under consideration, he added.
The Vice President said that the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme which linked Krishna and Godavari rivers saved Krishna delta from a drought-like situation arising from water scarcity in river Krishna. He further said that more and more interlinking of rivers will be beneficial for farmers who feed the nation. Everyone should take active part in this noble cause, he added. The Vice President congratulated the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister for making Telugu language mandatory in schools. He advised the state government to make knowledge of Telugu compulsory to get jobs in Andhra Pradesh and also to make it mandatory for all students irrespective of medium of language the school adopts in the state. He is not against learning other languages but only wants people to be proficient enough in their own mother tongue before pursuing other languages, he added.