Govt approves Rs434 cr road project in North East
The government has approved road projects worth of Rs434.23 crore for the five states of North East. The project will be executed in Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Manipur and Mizoram as part of the ongoing 11th Plan Projects of the North Eastern Council (NEC).
Bijoy Krishna Handique, the Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), said that the projects would boost connectivity between the states as well as connectivity within the states. “The NEC is committed towards channelizing similar quantum of funds for improving the road sector in the Region,” he added.
The projects would include improvement of Jowai- Nartiang – Khanduli – Biathanlangsu Roads at an estimated cost of Rs138.36 crore which will link Assam and Meghalaya. The projects will cover 59.55 km in Assam and 54.80 km in Meghalaya which will be built at the estimated cost of Rs71 crore and Rs67.36 crore respectively. The date of completion for the projects is March, 2014.
Construction and improvement of Simchuthang – Pabong – Yangyang Roads spreading 23 km in Sikkim will also be taken at an estimated cost of Rs62.84 crore. This portion of the work will be completed by March, 2013.
Also, Kangokpi – Tamei Road in Manipur will be taken for improvement at an estimated cost of Rs87 crore. The 70.25 km long road will be completed by March, 2013.
The projects also include upgradation of Sherkhan Bhagabazar Road at an estimated cost of Rs146.03 crore which is 115.20 km long. The date of completion is March, 2014.
The government said the expenditure for the projects would be met from Plan Funds of NEC to the extent of 90% of the approved cost and 10% would be borne by respective state governments. The projects will be implemented by the Public Works Department of the respective state governments.