Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of 26 national highway projects of Rs. 17.500 crores

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Guwahati: The Union Minister for roads transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 26 national highway projects with an investment of more than Rs. 17,500 Crore in Guwahati, Assam. The Union Minister of State for roads transport and highways, General VK Singh, the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, state cabinet ministers, Member of Parliaments, MLAs, and NHIDCL officials were also present on the occasion.

The Dibrugarh-Tinsukia-Ledo project aims to enhance interstate connectivity between upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, boost strategic presence, and promote trade and tourism. The Silchar to Lailapur section will connect the Barak Valley with Mizoram, fostering socio-economic growth. NH-515 in Dhemaji district will improve connectivity between North Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

NH-137 will enhance connectivity in the Dima Hasao region and provide an alternate route to western Manipur. The Paikan to Guwahati Airport section will facilitate the multi-modal logistics park in Jogighopa. Additionally, the construction of new bridges will alleviate congestion and enhance trade, tourism, and socio-economic progress in the region.

The Chief Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma consider it as fortunate situation for Assam. He said that Koliabhomora bridge is virtually inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari. He has seen all the projects one by one. Now one can come very fast from Bilasipara and Dhubri to Airport. A four lanes is constructed from Srirampur to Kokrajhar. He asked Gadkari that there should be a ring road in Guwahati. In this event only they laid the foundation for four lane road from Tinisukia to Ledo. Along with Barak Valley Badarpur bypass, Barak Valley to Mizoram Bypass four lane road and concretising. Further the Manipur to Dima Hasao inauguration of highway in Silchar. He thanked Gadkari for such a project worth  Rs 17,500 Crores.

He requested Gadkari for three things. The six lane highway that is being constructed from Khanapara to Jalukbari that should be in Byhata Chariali. From there it should go to Sipajhar. From Sipajhar it should go to Kuruwa to new Brahmaputra bridge to Narengi and Sonapur. From there it should come to Khanapara. It will bring economic development not only in Assam but also for across Assam. He also requested for an elevated corridor of 32 kilometer in Kaziranga. Third thing is the construction of tunnel from Numaligarh, Golaghat to Gohpur.  This will require an investment of Rs. 12000 crores. He confirmed if the Union Minister wants then he can easily allow that.  He also requested that highway from Baihata to Tezpur should be of four lane. He also discussed on the Assam Mala project in his speech. He asked that if Gadkari gives 500 crores under Central Road Fund then he will be able to make many roads. Further a ropeway from Kamakhya Temple is also expected by CM from the Union Minister.

The Union Minister confirmed the requests of Dr Sarma will be taken care of. First he will approve for the ropeway from Kamakhya Mandir to Kamakhya Railway Station. He will come back in January and will do Bhoomipujan of Rs 25,000 crores compared to Rs. 20, 000 crores in the current visit. Regarding the water tunnel, he said that this will be first of it s kind in the country. So he wanted an American company to do the consultancy. This project will start soon. When he will come in January, he has plan to do Bhumi Pujan for the ring road too (Greenfield Ring Road). He requested the CM to develop trade houses and agencies adjacent to ring roads. He is also positive of construction of elevated roads in Kaziranga for protection of animals. The elevated road will be of Rs. 8000 crores. From Central Road Fund, he has approved of additional Rs 600 crores for road construction and Rs 200 crores for bridge construction.

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