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HYDERABAD: Travelling along NH-7 to Bangalore will provide a new experience by the year-end when all major works costing Rs. 4,000 crore are expected to be completed with emergency call boxes, bus shelters and restaurants dotting the highway.
The 773-km stretch, which forms part of the North-South Corridor linking Srinagar to Kanyakumari (4,076 km), involves 15 packages.
Almost 400 km of four-laning has been completed, including two major packages (Kothur-Jadcherla and Jadcherla-Kothakota). About 85 per cent of the Kothakota-Kurnool package was completed, senior National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials told a group of visiting journalists at Balanagar (Mahabubnagar district) on Tuesday. There would be three toll plazas between Kothur and Kurnool. The toll (for 58 km) would be Rs. 40 for a four-wheeler, Rs. 125 for trucks, buses, Rs. 225 for heavy vehicles and Rs. 70 for light commercial vehicles, I. Ganapati Reddy and V.K. Sharma of NHAI said.
While the Kothur-Jadcherla package was completed by the GMR Group, the Jadcherla-Kothakota stretch was finished by L& T Western Andhra Tollways. The Kothakota-Kurnool project was taken up by AP Expressway Ltd.Electronic guidance
Apart from 106 emergency call boxes, huge electronic message boards have been erected to guide travellers for taking diversions in case of hold-ups.
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