At present, it takes more than 12 hours to reach Vijayawada from the city
An expressway is in the works that will connect Bengaluru to Vijayawada. The original plan is to connect Bengaluru city to Andhra Pradesh’s legislative capital Amaravati, near Vijayawada. Successive Andhra Pradesh governments — helmed by N Chandra Babu who was the first Chief Minister of divided AP and now YS Jaganmohan Reddy — have been putting pressure on the Centre for sanctioning an expressway to Bengaluru. According to a source, the sanctioning process is now in its final stages and is expected soon.
Currently, it takes more than 12 hours to reach Vijayawada, which is at a distance of 660 km from Bengaluru. The road passes through Kolar, Chittoor and Tirupati before joining the golden quadrilateral till Vijayawada.
However, as per the current plan, a new Brownfield alignment is being planned. This road will connect Bengaluru to Anantapur (on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad road).
From Anantapur, the expressway shall lead to Pulivendula – the hometown of Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy – and thereafter toward Kadapa, Nandyal, Markapur, Narasaraopet, Guntur and finally Vijayawada.
NHAI officials confirmed there is a plan to construct an expressway between Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It is still not clear if the proposed expressway between Karnataka and Telangana capitals will be a Brownfield or Greenfield project. One of the options is to make the current Bengaluru-Hyderabad expressway into an access-controlled highway by building flyovers and service roads. So, the Amaravati expressway will be merged with the Bengaluru-Hyderabad expressway till Anantapur.
A source in Andhra Pradesh said the Centre has in principle agreed to the project to be included in Bharatmala phase two. Recently, a meeting was held in Delhi in this regard where Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was given a presentation. Now, the Centre has to appoint a consultant to prepare a detailed project report based on which the alignment, cost and other factors will be considered.
According to a source, when Chandrababu Naidu was the Chief Minister, a Greenfield project was proposed between Anantapur to Amaravati at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore. However, with the change of regime, the alignment now has been changed as the current Andhra Pradesh government wants to connect Pulivendula and Kadapa to Bengaluru — the land acquisition cost will also be lesser compared to older projects. The road at present is narrow at many places and many don’t prefer to take the route.