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Monday, January 11, 2010

‘Four-laning of Srirampur-Silchar NH to pace up East-West Corridor’

Five out of six cotnracts stalled due to law-and-order problem

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, Jan 11: BJP MP Kabindra Purkayastha, while briefing mediapersons at a press meet held at the district BJP office premises, said Minister of Surface Transport and Highways Kamal Nath, in a written reply to his question, informed the House that his ministry was committed to improve, develop and maintain national highways under the national highway development project.

Nath further told the House in the just-concluded Parliament session that four-laning of 678 km of the national highway from Srirampur to Silchar has been taken up to pace up the East-West Corridor at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore as a part of this scheme.

Nath added this highway will connect the Northeastern region with the rest of the country through a high speed, high capacity route. In order to provide connectivity to all the State capitals of Northeast, except Gangtok, the minister said improvement of 706 km of the four-lane national highways has also been proposed under the national development project on the basis of build, operate and transfer.

The minister further added that his ministry has formulated a special accelerated road development programme in the Northeast for improvement of the 9,940 km long national highways and State roads to complete two-lane connectivity to all the district headquarters of Northeast. This will also improve the road connectivity of backward remote and border areas of the region and lead to improvement of the identified stretches of national highways of two-lane and four-lane roads, Nath said.

The ministry, pointed out the minister, has also sanctioned under annual plan estimates for improvement of several highways under its regular schemes to upgrade such connectivity and keep them traffic worthy round the year. The minister further revealed that there were six contract packages in North Cachar Hills for improvement of 130 km of roads and that work on five contract packages had been stalled due to non handing over of encumbrance free land and law and order situation. THE SENTINEL

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