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Roads & Buildings Minister Tummala Nageshwar Rao on Friday said the prestigious 77th Indian Road Congress would be conducted at Hitex here from December 15 to 18. 
In a press note released here, Tummala said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari would inaugurate the programme. 
The national conference on the road safety and intelligent transport system using high technology and trained manpower would be attended by 5,000 delegates from all over the country. He asked the officials concerned to take necessary measures for providing the delegates all the facilities. 
He said the road congress was a prestigious one and government would conduct in a grand manner. The Minister also said engineers would get to know about latest technologies being used to avoid accidents and make them equip with latest knowledge and update current practices on road safety measures.
Asking the officials concerned to speed up the construction of 389 road over bridges, Tummala said adding arrangements for launching the Alair road near Bhuvanagiri were made.“Besides completing the roads taken up with Nabard loans, the officials should coordinate with Metro Rail officials to ensure that national highways and others are repaired for smooth drive as the roads are badly hit by recent rains. 
As many as 2,600km stretch of national highways have to be properly maintained by the State government until the same were transferred to Centre for further maintenance,” he said. 
The Minister said they would appeal to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to ask the Finance Ministry to increase the expenditure proposals to cater to growing costs of the material. 
As of now, the government gave administrative sanction for 389 roads estimated to cost Rs 1,974.43 crore, cancelled the permission to 70 roads worth Rs 429.71 crore, taken up 319 roads to cost Rs 1,544.72 crore, completed 30 roads spending Rs 59.35 crore, under construction 188 roads with Rs 884.13 crore estimation and yet to start are 101 roads to cost about Rs 601.24 crore.

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