Gadkari lays foundation for 13 highway projects in Mnp

Gadkari lays foundation for 13 highway projects in Mnp
Nitin Gadkari (File)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 17 | Publish Date: 8/17/2020 1:30:15 PM IST

Union minister for road transport, highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari on Monday laid the foundation stones for 13 different highway projects for Manipur through video conferencing.

The Union minister also inaugurated a road safety project of the state. 

The total length of highway projects is around 316 kilometres and the total project cost is around Rs 3000 crore.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, who is currently in the national capital, presided over the virtual function from Manipur Bhawan, New Delhi.

Union minister of state (independent charge) for DoNER and PMO Dr Jitendra Singh and MoS road transport and highways general (retd) VK Singh also attended the virtual function. 

Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari announced that the foundation stone for an elevated highway in Imphal city would also be laid soon for which DPR was being prepared. 

He said that the Centre has taken up various projects keeping with Prime Minister’s desire to develop infrastructure in the northeast region of the country.

Regarding Central Roads Fund (CRF), Gadkari assured to release additional funds of about Rs 250 crore as soon as the utilization certificates for earlier works are received from the state. 

He also urged the chief minister to speed up land acquisition and utility shifting works in the state so that road projects could be expedited.

The Union minister informed that dredging has been completed in Brahmputra and Barak rivers, and it was now possible to transport people and consignments through waterways. 

He also suggested linking Imphal with this river route. He also called for adopting alternate fuel for public transport in the northeast as it is cheaper and environment friendly.

Gadkari highlighted the role of MSME sector in improving the employment and economic scenario in Manipur. 

Informing about the recent expansion of MSME units, he exhorted the chief minister to consider setting up of special designing centres where quality of local handloom and handicraft products can be improved for export to foreign countries.

In his speech, state chief minister N Biren Singh thanked Nitin Gadkari for revamping Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Moreh roads. 

He further said that Makru and Barak bridges, for which foundation stones were laid under the Union minister’s guidance, would be completed by the end of this year. 

Singh also informed that works for upgradation of four-lane highway of Imphal-Moreh road were going on in full swing.


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