Following his visit to the abode of clouds, Union minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the centre has sanctioned Rs. 1.9 lakh cr for N.E roads development. The union minister had visited the capitol of Meghalaya, Shillong to review the status of all the national highway projects in the North Eastern Region (NER).
Iterating that the infrastructure development in the region has always been a priority for the NDA government at the Centre, Gadkari said, “Our government accords highest priority to infrastructure development in the northeast. We seek cooperation of state governments for land acquisition, forest clearances and encroachment solutions.”
A total of Rs 1,66,026 crore has been sanctioned for construction of over 10,000 km of roads in eight states under National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited. Additionally, Rs 7,000 crore has been approved for 850-km stretch under National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), he said. “The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also sanctioned Rs 17,257 crore for respective Public Works Department for the construction of 2,421 km of roads in the states,” Gadkari explained.
NHAI has been entrusted with the job of developing 912 kms of roads in Meghalaya at the cost of Rs 7,536 crore. Additionally, in Assam, NHAI has projects totalling 96 km. However, once completed, NHAI would withdraw its services – handing over the projects to NHIDCL (National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited).