Government clears widening and upgradation of a national highway stretch from Imphal to Myanmar border. It will eventually go up to Thailand and Malaysia under an Asian Highway project.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave the approval for the stretch that will cost Rs 1,630.29 crore. It is going to create more employment and business in that area particularly in Manipur.
It also approved 4-laning of Solapur-Bijapur Section of New NH-52 in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Four Laning of about 110 km road is estimated to cost Rs 1,889 crore including the cost of land acquisition and pre-construction activities.
Landlocked Manipur has only road transport as a means of mass transport system. The state’s almost 90 per cent of the area under difficult terrain
THe project is being developed with ADB’s loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program.
It aims at upgradation of road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India (BBIN) in order to improve the regional connectivity among BBIN nations.
The Imphal-Moreh corridor is also a part of the Asian Highway No 1 and acts as India’s Gateway to the East.
News Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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