PM to meet northeast chief ministers Monday

Agartala, Jan 19: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet the chief ministers of eight northeastern states Monday in New Delhi to review the ongoing infrastructural projects in the region, officials said here Sunday.

“Prime Minister will meet the chief ministers of eight northeastern states to review the ongoing infrastructural projects and decide plans to complete the task at the earliest,” a Tripura government official told IANS.

He said the meeting, where several central ministers and top officials would be present, would discuss the ongoing projects of rail, roadways, power, airports and telecommunication besides other related issues.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar left here Sunday to attend the meeting.

“Sarkar might also raise the connectivity issues between the northeastern region and the rest of India via Bangladesh,” the official added.

India has decided to set up a new railway line between Tripura’s capital Agartala and Akhaurah in Bangladesh and construct a bridge over river Feni to get access to the Chittagong international port, around 72 km away from Tripura’s border town Sabroom, 135 km south of Agartala.

IANS