Gadkari for timely completion of NE roads projects

Gadkari for timely completion of NE roads projects

Guwahati, Dec 30: Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has underscored the need for timely completion of road projects in North Eastern region, as sought and prioritised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite socio-economic development of the region.

The Union Minister, during a review meeting with Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, and several State Ministers, MLAs and high officials at Kaziranga in eastern Assam last evening, conveyed his Ministry’s priority of completing 262 road projects involving a financial outlay of Rs 2 lakh crore in North East.

He also underscored the need for strict adherence to the time-frame to complete the existing projects related to several national highways in the region.

Responding to a request by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Gadkari said his Ministry is ready with initiatives to infuse new lease of life into inland waterways transport and informed that a blue print has been chalked out for an exhaustive network of inland waterways involving 19 rivers of the region, including the Brahmaputra and the Barak, to make the rivers more navigable.

He asked NHIDCL and NHAI to extend full cooperation to the State Govts for expeditious completion of all the pending projects and start the works of new projects on a fast track basis.

Taking a stern view at the purported delay in completing some of the road projects in Assam and elsewhere in the region, Gadkari asked the implementing agencies the reasons responsible for the delay and ensure early completion of the projects.

Regarding the encumbrances faced by the NHIDCL and NHAI which come in the way of successful and expeditious completion of the ongoing and upcoming projects in the region, Gadkari asked them to report to the concerned Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to remove any bottlenecks.

Gadkari asked Chief Secretary of the concerned State to take review of the ongoing projects every three months and send the report to the Ministry.

He maintained that he would personally monitor the progress of each project in the North East on a regular basis.

Paying special attention to the ongoing Bogibeel project, Gadkari asked Assam Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia to inquire into the delay in completing the project.

The Union Minister maintained that the construction projects in the North East would also be divided in parts, if required, to involve local contractors and added that local contractors would be trained to augment their capacity to take up the projects so that local people can be used as a force multiplier for local development. (UNI)

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