Northeast has undergone a revolutionary transformation in the last five years: Jitendra Singh
New Delhi, March 9, 2019
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on March 9th, 2019 inaugurated two Inter-State road projects in the Northeastern region through video conferencing. The 17.47 km long Doimukh-Harmuti road links Assam and Arunachal Pradesh while the 1.66 km Tura-Mankachar road provides connectivity between Assam and Meghalaya.
Speaking on the occasion, Jitendra Singh said that the inauguration of the two roads marks a reiteration of the government’s commitment to the development of the Northeastern region. “The Northeast has undergone a revolutionary transformation in the last five years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Singh said.
Singh further said the inter-state connectivity in the region suffered on account of negligence. “Union Government has given focus to the revival of such orphan roads,” he added.
Jitendra Singh said due to the intervention of the centre, there has been a visible transformation in rail, road and air connectivity in the region. “Two Northeastern States – Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, have been brought on the rail map. Besides, the Bogibeel Rail-cum-Road Bridge in Assam, the longest rail-cum-road bridge on Brahmaputra river, was inaugurated on December 25, 2018, and the new Greenfield Airport at Pakyong (Gangtok), first Airport in Sikkim inaugurated on September 24, 2018, has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 553.5 Crores,” Singh said.
Singh further said improved connectivity and infrastructure has removed bottlenecks in the development process, giving a boost to the region’s economy and promoting the industry. The improved infrastructure will lead to job creation, which in turn is expected to arrest migration of the youth, he added.
The construction work for both the roads inaugurated on March 9th, 2019 has been implemented by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL). The Doimukh-Harmuti Inter-State Road has been constructed under the North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) at a cost of Rs. 58.25 Crores. The length of road in Assam is 7.87 Km and remaining 9.60 Kms in Arunachal Pradesh. The construction of the road was started in September 2017 and completed in January 2019. The road was funded by the North-Eastern Council (NEC) under Ministry of DoNER, Government of India. The road will provide alternative connectivity to Itanagar and immensely benefit the people residing in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh in general and the people of the capital region in particular.
Tura-Mankachar Road is the first road, which has been completed under the NERSDS. The construction of the road was started in September 2017 and completed in June 2018. This road has also been funded by NEC at a cost of Rs. 4.71 Crores. The road provides alternative connectivity to Tura and will immensely benefit the people residing in the West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya.
Both roads are designed as two-lane carriageways to cater to the traffic load of 10 MSA (Million Standard Axles).