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Mr Gadkari announces INR 1250 crore aid for Assam

Infra News - Published on Wed, 03 Jan 2018

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Telegraph India reported that union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Mr Nitin Gadkari announced a package of INR 1,250 crore for development of the inland transport sector of the state. Chairing a high-powered meeting of the Brahmaputra Board and the water resources department at Kaziranga National Park, 230km from Guwahati, on Saturday, Gadkari announced this financial assistance.

The report said that INR 32 crore will be utilised for constructing 56 terminals and INR 60 crore on roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry service. The infrastructure development of terminals at Bogibeel, Neem-atighat, Kamalabari, Silghat, Jogighopa, Silchar, Dhubri and Pandu fall under this package.

Mr Gadkari asked the water resources department to involve a foreign consultant, if required, for preparation of a detailed project report within three months to take immediate steps for upgrade of the entire network of embankments, measuring approximately 4474.42km, and make those road-cum-dykes.

He said that "We would like to emphasise the need for involving local youths and buyingraw materials from local markets for upgrade of the entire network of embankments. Funds required for the purpose will be borne by the Centre."

He added that "Up-to-date modern technology will be used in implementing all the ongoing projects and lending beauty to the Brahmaputra Express Highway which will be made using sand to be extracted from dredging and make the express highway attractive for tourists."

He asked Assam chief secretary Mr VK Pipersenia to constitute an "integrated development and management team" to oversee the progress of works related to flood and erosion management, dredging of the Brahmaputra and express highway.

To cope up with relentless soil erosion in several parts of Assam, Mr Gadkari directed the state government to prepare a DPR for controlling erosion at Neematighat and carry out a plantation drive for taming the perennial problem of floods. He asked Pipersenia to submit an action-taken report to his ministry within three months.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 03 Jan 2018
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