New Delhi: The ministry of road transport and highways on Tuesday announced that an investment of 5,000 crore has been earmarked for the development of state highways into national highways in Andhra Pradesh. Minister of state for road transport and highways Sarvey Sathyanarayana said 1,817 km of state roads have been notified for development through PPP model in the state.

“State governments may not be able to develop these roads due to financial constraints and other reasons. That is why NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) will take over. This is important for ensuring public convenience and providing better infrastructure" he added.

The ministry expects to complete this project over the next three to five years.

The ministry has a mandate for developing 10,000 km of state roads across the country into national highways.

“The original demand from states for development was to the tune of 35,000 km. But we were given a mandate for 10,000 km, all of which has now been notified," said a senior official of the road ministry.