Over Rs 300 cr needed to repair national highways damaged due to rains in Telangana | Hyderabad News

October 17, 2020 0 By boss

HYDERABAD: The initial estimated loss due to damage caused to the national highways following heavy rains and floods in Telangana is over Rs 300 crore.
While immediate temporary repairs have been carried out to restore vehicular traffic on highways, permanent repairs will cost over Rs 300 crore. The state government has written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) seeking funds to take up permanent repairs of these highways.
The Roads and Buildings department maintains 2,690-km of national highways in the State and several stretches of these roads took a severe beating due to overflowing water from tanks and various water bodies.
Vehicular traffic either came to a standstill or moved at a snail’s pace on the national highways as the road stretches at several places were washed away and portions of the roads caved in as rain water flooded the highways from the overflowing tanks due to heavy rains in the state.
Vehicular traffic had come to a standstill on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway (NH-44) due to a portion of road caving in at Gaganpahad on the city outskirts. This happened to due overflowing water from Appacheruvu that breached due to heavy rains. Likewise, road portions on Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway (NH-65) and other highways were damaged.
Roads and Buildings engineering-in-chief I Ganapathi Reddy confirmed to TOI that they have sent a report of damages to the NHAI seeking funds to repair. “Over Rs 10 crore were spent on temporary repair works following which vehicular traffic was restored,” he said.

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