According to Union minister for Roads and Transport, Nitin Gadkari, the centre is planning to give Rs 25,000-30,000 crore additionally to West Bengal for road infrastructure.”We want to give another Rs 25,000-30,000 crore to West Bengal for new highways,” he said at an event at Biodiesel dispensing unit at Haldia Dock Complex. The Minister said he was planning to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and urge her to give suggestions and proposals for the same.
This investment plan is in addition to the existing Rs 6,000 crore road development proposals announced last December.
The proposal comes in wake of SAARC road connectivity plan of India. Gadkari had mooted seamless road connectivity between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. A Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA), signed on behalf of India, will enable seamless movement of people and goods across the borders for the economic benefit of the entire region.
Gadkari also launched land management system, VTMS and handing over land for Haldia inland waterways multimodal hub besides inaugurating a flyover at Ranichak near dock for easy flow of vehicles.
Gadkari said the floating storage unit will be operational at Haldia by 2017. The Minister also called for transparency in the functioning of the port and urged the workers to work sincerely to stay profitable. “Centre will not continue to fund the port. You have to stay profitable, otherwise you will have to suffer,” he said.
The Minister said that he had advised the port authorities to attempt for an out of court settlement for settlement of legal hurdle with Haldia Bulk Terminals.