New Delhi, May 19: The Indian government Thursday approved an Asian Development Bank (ABD)-assisted proposal to develop 433 km of highways in the country’s northeast at an investment of Rs.1,354 crore.
‘The cabinet committee on economic affairs approved the ADB-assisted project,’ an official statement said.
According to the statement, the centrally-sponsored scheme by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDONER) intends to construct, upgrade and improve a total of 433-km of roads in six northeastern states.
The project is expected to be implemented over a period of five years from 2011-2016.
‘The state wise road lengths are Assam 74.70 km, Meghalaya 93.40 km and Sikkim 34.20 km in tranche-I and Assam 62.90 km, Manipur 93.20 km. Mizoram 55.00 km and Tripura 20.30 km in tranche-II,’ the statement said, adding that the ministry would be the executing agency and would also be responsible for overall coordination.
The statement said that a central-level steering committee, internal project management unit (IPMU), within MDONER, and a state-level steering committee and project implementation units (PIUs) have been established in each state.
‘The PIUs in each state will have primary responsibility for day-to-day project implementation and coordination of both the road works programme and institutional development and capacity building (IDCB) initiatives.’
The statement added that an estimated 4.8 million people living within 10 km of the project roads will be benefited. Others will benefit from lower transport costs and faster transit time.