The Government of India, the state government of Andhra Pradesh and the New Development Bank (NDB) have signed 2 loan agreements of up to $323 million each for 2 projects.
The first project – Andhra Pradesh Roads and Bridges Reconstruction Project – comprises widening 1,600 km of state highways to double lane and reconstructing dilapidated bridges on the state highway network.
The second project – Andhra Pradesh Mandal Connectivity and Rural Connectivity Improvement Project – comprises widening 1,400 km of district roads to double lane and reconstructing dilapidated bridges on the district road network.
The projects, to be implemented by the Roads and Buildings department of the Andhra Pradesh government, are expected to improve mobility and connectivity to the socio-economic centres, enhance transport efficiency, improve road safety and riding quality and provide all-weather accessibility for the state’s road users.
These would increase the roads’ daily traffic capacity to 15,000 passenger car units, which is expected to meet the projected traffic growth over the next 20 years.
The agreements were signed by Baldeo Purushartha, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; M. T. Krishna Babu, Principal Secretary, Transport, Roads and Buildings Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Xian Zhu, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, NDB.
“India is committed to sustainable development and inclusive growth,” said Purushartha. He added, “The projects will contribute to the development of state infrastructure, enhance road connectivity and safety, and provide connectivity between adjoining Mandal headquarters and rural areas. These will also have a positive impact on employment generation and economic well-being.”
Adding to it, Zhu said, “The projects will expand the capacity of roads with high vehicular traffic, improve last-mile connectivity to ports and industrial hubs and enhance connectivity to rural areas contributing to the enhanced socio-economic development of Andhra Pradesh. NDB funding shall help to bridge the funding gap for road infrastructure development and will support the Government of Andhra Pradesh in its goal to enhance connectivity between socio-economic centres.”