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State got Rs.105 cr for horti, Rs.1189.06 cr for NH maintenance

DIMAPUR, DEC 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/11/2019 12:29:06 PM IST

The Union agriculture and farmers’ welfare ministry provided Rs 105 crore to Nagaland under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for various horticulture activities, including construction of cold storages.

While Rs 31.50 crore was allocated in 2016-17, Rs 41.50 and Rs 32 crore were allocated in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. This was stated by Union agriculture and farmers welfare minister Narendra Singh Tomar in response to a query by State’s Lok Sabha member Tokheho Yepthomi. To his question on funds provided for construction of cold storage in Nagaland in 2016-17, 2017-17 and 2018-19 and the progress of construction and time of completion, Tomar explained that funds were provided under MIDH for holistic development of horticulture in the country and assistance for development of Post Harvest Management (PHM), including setting of cold storages.

Mentioning that the State government had however reported that no funds had been utilised for construction of cold storages during this period, the Union minister also informed Lok Sabha that the Union food processing industries ministry had approved one cold chain project in Dimapur in 2017-18 with assistance of Rs 8.10 crore, which had been completed and was functional.

Another cold storage was approved in 2018-19 with an assistance of Rs 9.67 crore, which was under implementation, while no cold storage was approved in 2016-17, he added.

Meanwhile, Union road transport and highways ministry allocated Rs 726.52 and Rs 462.54 to Nagaland in 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively for maintenance and development of national highways (NHs) in the State.

This was stated by Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari in Lok Sabha in response to Yepthomi’s query on funds provided for NH-702A in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and whether the Central government proposed to provide funds for two-lane of the said highway and the completion period.

Clarifying that the ministry allocated funds State-wise and not NH-wise, Gadkari also informed the House that two-laning of NH-702A on 82-km length was in progress, while two-laning of the balance portion would be taken up based on inter-se priority, traffic density and availability of funds.

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