PM Modi initiates “15,233” crore worth projects in Andhra Pradesh

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The Rs 2,917 crore U-field Onshore Deepwater Block project of ONGC in Andhra Pradesh was dedicated to the country on Saturday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is the world’s deepest gas-finding project, with a daily production capacity of around three million metric standard cubic metres (MMSCMD).

The Prime Minister launched nine projects totalling Rs 15,233 crore in virtual mode from the grounds of the Andhra University Engineering College on the second day of his two-day tour of the state. He also unveiled a plaque. Governor of Andhra Pradesh Biswabhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Union Minister of Railways and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw, state ministers, MPs, and lawmakers were present.

Modi dedicated the 39-km stretch of NH-326A from Narasannapeta to Pathapatnam which was constructed as part of the Srikakulam-Gajapati Corridor for Rs 211 crore. The project would improve connections to the underdeveloped regions of AP and Odisha. Modi laid the cornerstone for the Rs 3,778 crore (US$6.8 billion) AP leg of the six-lane, 100-km, access-controlled Raipur-Visakhapatnam Economic Corridor of NH-130CD. The Economic Corridor will improve connectivity between different industrial hubs in Chhattisgarh and Odisha and the ports of Visakhapatnam and Chennai.

It will be finished by March 2025. He laid the groundwork for the GAIL project, the 745-km Srikakulam Angul Natural Gas Pipeline, which will cost Rs 2,650 crore and have a capacity of about 6.65 MMSCMD. The new pipeline, which is a part of the Natural Gas Grid (NGG), would build crucial infrastructure for the provision of natural gas to homes, businesses, industrial facilities, and the automobile sector in AP and Odisha. The pipeline will deliver natural gas to the Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh’s City Gas Distribution Network.

With the Prime Minister’s groundbreaking for the Rs 152 crore project, the long-delayed modernization of the Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour will finally get underway. With the modernization and upgrade, the handling capacity will increase from 150 to 300 tonnes per day, and safe landing and berthing will be provided. The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas built the Grass-Root petroleum storage near Guntakal for a cost of Rs 385 crore, and the Prime Minister effectively gave it a ceremonial opening. Additionally, he gave the country his blessing for the doubling and electrification of the railway lines between Vijayawada and Gudivada, as well as Gudivada and Machilipatnam, Bhimavaram, and Narasapuram. For Rs 4,106 crore, the project was finished last month.

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