Centre to invest Rs 25,000 crore on transportation in Assam
“We have given prime focus in developing road and water infrastructure in the Northeast and Assam. For this, the Centre through NHAI, PWD and NHIDCL will invest about Rs 25,000 crore in Assan over the 2-3 years,” Gadkari said at a press conference here.
Acknowledging connectivity is the biggest problem of the Northeast, he said, “After our government came to power last year, we decided to work for the development of the region and set the National Highway Road Development Corporation”.
The minister on Saturday laid foundation stone of four road projects with a total length of 82.6 km at an expenditure of Rs 1,200 crore.
“Two new highways from Sivasagar to North Lakhimpur via Disangmukh and from Jorhat to North Lakhimpur via Majuli will also be built. The total length of the projects will be 122 km and they will also have two major bridges over Brahmaputra,” Gadkari said.
The Ministry has been asked to prepare the DPR for the project, which is likely to cost over Rs 5,000 crore, he added. “Besides, 624 km of roads will be added to the National Highway in Assam. Along with this, the preparation of DPR is in progress for the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge across Brahmaputra and the estimated cost for this will be Rs 3,000 crore,” he said.