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Saturday , 22 June 2024

Demo roads to test new highway safety programme

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set up two demo corridors to test and implement a new road safety programme. The two roads selected for the project are the 124km-long Hyderabad-Bijapur highway and the Renigunta-Rayalacheruvu highway. The project, aided by the World Bank, is expected to be completed by 2015, and would cost around 91 crore. The Andhra Pradesh Road Development Corporation (APRDC) will implement the project while an empowered committee, headed by the Principal Secretary, Transport Department, and consisting of officials from the Transport Department, Police, and Roads and Buildings Department will take care of the permissions, and review the progress of the project. The committee will also sanction recommendations by lower level committees. An inter-departmental working committee – to look after the execution of works at ground level – and three more working group committees have also been formed. Road safety experts Dr S Nagabhushan Rao and S Pradeep, appointed by the Government as per World Bank guidelines, will review the recommendations and proposals by the committees.

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