Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari announced Rs 41,000 road projects for the state of Telangana, Picture: Nitin GadkariReuters file

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced road projects worth Rs 41,000 crore for Telangana on Monday. The projects will include construction of two express highways, one from Hyderabad to Bangalore and the other from Hyderabad to Vijayawada.

The Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for the two express highways connecting Telangana with Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will be prepared by the government soon, Gadkari said. The project also includes cost for upgrading 12 state highways to national highways, Business Insider said.

The 210 km-long Hyderabad-Bangalore expressway would roughly cost Rs 8,400 crore, while the 190 km-long second expressway between Hyderabad and Vijayawada would cost Rs 7,600 crore, PTI reported.

"The total package for Telangana will be Rs 41,000 crore. This is not the final figure. It is still open for discussion. And if any new National Highway is recommended from the leaders of Telangana, state government or from our (BJP) leaders, we will think positively and we will support Telangana as a new state," Gadkari told reporters in Hyderabad on Monday.

On Monday, the Union Transport Minister laid the foundation stone for a national highway to be built between Yadgir and Warangal; it is estimated to cost Rs 1,424 crore.

Gadkari has also assured the transport ministry would take up the work of constructing waterways in the state of Telangana once the proposal is cleared by the Rajya Sabha. Currently, 111 waterway projects are yet to get the approval in the Rajya Sabha, the PTI report stated.