New Delhi: The Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region in coordination with Central Ministries/Departments has laid its focus on the development of physical and social infrastructure to improve the connectivity and socio-economic development in North Eastern Region. Various Central Sector Schemes/Centrally Sponsored Schemes have been implemented by Central Ministries/Departments under 10% Gross Budgetary Support (GBS).
During the last five years, several new infrastructure schemes/projects were approved for the development of North Eastern States under the Central Sector Scheme of Government inter-alia including new Greenfield Airport at Holongi, Arunachal Pradesh; Dibrugarh Airport in Assam; Imphal Airport in Manipur; Barapani Airport in Meghalaya; New Rail line in Assam such as Sibsagar – Jorhat (62 Km); Salona- Khumtai (99Km); Tezpur- Silghat (25 Km); Mahisasan (India)- Zero Point (Bangladesh) New Line (3 Km); Doubling Rail line in Assam such as Saraighat Bridge doubling line (7 Km); Kamakhya-New Guwahati Quadruppling (21 Km); Doubling of Lumding- Tinsukia Jn-Dibrugarh (381 Km); Mobile connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh and 2 Districts of Assam; Mobile Connectivity in Uncovered villages in Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh (National Highways only) of North Eastern Region and seamless coverage along National Highway; Mobile connectivity in Meghalaya and along National Highways on 2G+4G Technology; Bharat Net and Wi-Fi Connectivity for Village Panchayats in North Eastern Region; Development of National Waterway-2 (River Brahmaputra, 891 Km) Sadia to Bangladesh Border and National Waterway-16 (River Barak, 121 Km) Bhanga-Lakhipur Stretch Including Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route; Indradhanush Gas Grid Project covering all North Eastern Region States; North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP)in six North Eastern Region States of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura and Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening Transmission and Distribution System in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, through its schemes of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR), schemes of North Eastern Council (NEC), North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) has also taken steps to bridge the social and physical infrastructure gaps in North Eastern Region (NER). During the last five years, 76 projects worth Rs. 1878.36 crore were sanctioned under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) to North Eastern Region States. Under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region provides financial assistance for physical infrastructure projects relating to water supply, power, and connectivity.
During the last five years, 99 projects worth Rs. 2452.62 crore has already been sanctioned till March 2021 against which an amount of Rs. 1112.98 crore have been released under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme for the development of North East Region States.
During the last five years (FY 2016-17 to FY 2020-21), North Eastern Council, Shillong has sanctioned 215 infrastructure projects costing Rs.1267.48 crore under the Central Sector Scheme/Projects for the development of North Eastern States.
The aforesaid information was provided by the Minister of Development of the North Eastern Region, Shri G. Kishan Reddy during the Rajya Sabha in writing.