Gadkari lays foundation for NH projects in Arunachal

Gadkari lays foundation for NH projects in Arunachal
Nitin Gadkari and others during the laying of foundation for National Highway projects worth Rs 9,533 crore at Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.
Ziro, Dec 20 | Publish Date: 12/20/2018 11:26:50 AM IST

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari Thursday laid foundation for National Highway projects worth Rs 9,533 crore in land-locked Arunachal Pradesh.

Accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Gadkari laid the foundation of the NH projects here in Lower Subansiri district.

“These projects will improve the connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and between district headquarters in the state by reducing travel time and distance,” Gadkari said, while addressing a function here on the occasion.

He said, “These projects of strategic importance will create new employment opportunities for the people in the region and ensure socio-economic development.”

He informed that the project had been divided in small packages so that the state contractors could participate. Stating that his ministry had already executed road projects in the country worth 10 lakh crore, Gadkari said in northeast alone the  road transport ministry had sanctioned road projects worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore.

Gadkari laid the foundation for 472 km of national highway costing Rs 5,583.92 crore which included the 26.12 km Akajan-Likabali-Bame Road at a cost of  Rs 374.73 crore and six packages on Joram-Koloriang Road on NH-713 for a total length of 94.39 km costing Rs 1253.19 crore.

The minister also re-launched a project for two laning of 351.38 km Potin to Panging section of NH 229 at a cost of Rs 3,956 crore under the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) project.

Gadkari said, “During a recent meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu at New Delhi, I promised to provide road projects to the state worth Rs 50,000 crore and accordingly asked him to go ahead with utmost honesty and transparency.”

“The central government is with Arunachal Pradesh and there will be no dearth of developmental fund,” he said.

Taking a dig at the Congress, the Union minister said the northeast region remained stagnant in terms of development in the past several decades due to lack of appropriate vision in the past.

“Innovation, technology, skill and research if merged together will create knowledge which will in turn create wealth,” he said, and asked the state government to work in this direction for a developed Arunachal Pradesh.

While assuring to complete the projects in a time-bound manner, Gadkari said the state government should utilise the fund meant for the projects judiciously and in a transparent manner.

He also suggested the government to venture into bio- fuel industry as the state has abundant bamboo plantations and varied species.

Earlier, at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, Gadkari inaugurated bridges across Dibang and Lohit River System, including approach road between Chowkham-Digaru.

He also inaugurated the recently two-laned 25.14-km Mahadevpur to Buri Dihing section of NH-52 B, constructed at a cost of Rs 136.60 crore and 22.23 km Bordumsa-Namchik section of NH-52, B constructed at a cost of Rs 189.91 crore.

In addition, Gadkari also laid the foundation for about 96.47 km of national highways projects at Roing, including two-laning of the 74.86 km Roing-Hunli section of Hunti- Anini Road (NH 313), two laning of the 11.31 km Hayuliang-Hawai Road section of NH-113 and the 10.3 km Hunti- Anini section of NH-313.


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