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Rs 1,400cr for Northeast
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Published on 8 Jun. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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In what might just put the “neglected” North-East on to the tourist map, the Centre is set to launch a Rs 1,400 crore programme aiming to build and revamp urban infrastructure in the far-flung area with the aim to make its natural wonders more accessible. The Urban development ministry is making a concerted effort and has taken the initiative to showcase the scenic beauty and diverse culture by making cities modern and more liveable. The North East Urban Development Programme, for which the ministry has managed to get funds from Asian Development Bank, will cover five state capitals— Aizawl, Shillong, Gangtok, Kohima, and Agartala— in the first phase, the Times of India reported on its website on Sunday. Given strategic locations in the north-east, the push to upgrade life in the north-east will lessen discontent, hopes the Centre, which is keenly conscious of the insurgencies that afflict the region. “The programme will cost around Rs 1371.4 crore and the money will be spent on improving basic municipal services in the identified cities,” UD secretary M Ramachandran said. The ministry is also in hurry to finalise the proposal to launch the programme in other capital cities of the north-east. “The ministry feels that every effort will be put in to expedite launching of Phase - II of the scheme to cover remaining three capital cities in the North East,” said a ministry official.

 
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