Imphal: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari today laid the foundation stones for 13 highway projects, to be built at a cost of Rs 3000 cr, and inaugurated a Road safety project,to be constructed at a cost of Rs 16.91 cr, in Manipur through video conferencing.
These projects involve a Road length of 316 kms, with construction value of about Rs 3000 crore. Paving the way for development of Manipur, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in this NE State.
Gadkari said as the Prime Minister wants to develop infrastructure in the north east, the government has taken up key projects in the region. He asked the Manipur government to submit utilisation certificates and complete land acquisition works so that more works can be taken up. Large numbers of road and water ways will be developed to improve connectivity in Manipur and other north eastern states, he assured.
He said he would visit Imphal within the next few months to start work on elevated road in Imphal, as recommended by Chief Minister N Biren Singh. Gadkari said he believes in working in a fast mode and called upon the CM to complete all formalities by consulting all stake holders. He said by working closely with the Ministry of DoNER and other ministries the region can start using eco friendly petroleum products and stop relying on petrol and diesel.
He said he is ready to release Rs 250 crore the moment the Chief Minister provides the necessary documents . The government is also giving emphasis on water ways and dredging of Brahmputra and Barak rivers were completed, and now it is possible to transport people and consignments through waterways. He said there is ways of linking of Imphal with this river route, which is barely 50-60 kms, for getting added benefits for the state’s economy. He also called for adopting alternate fuel for public transport in the NE region, it being cheaper as well as environment friendly.
He said the state government should ensure corruption free, transparency in land acquisition and other works. He highlighted the role of MSME sector in improving the employment and economic scenario in Manipur.
Informing about the recent expansion in the definition of MSME units, he exhorted the CM to utilise the opportunity and explore export potential of handicrafts, handloom, and honey, bamboo products etc which can provide employment to large number of people.
Chief Minister Biren Singh said the state government has submitted new proposals for road works. Manipur being a hill-locked State with heavy rains requires top quality Road network to withstand the vagaries of nature. He welcomed the decision of MoRTH in favour of a 25 km elevated Road in Imphal. He, however, pointed out the need for four-laning of Imphal-Loktak highway, which has heavy traffic, as Loktak is a famous tourist destination.
MoS (I/c) for DONER and PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said today’s event gives three important messages. That the North East continues to be the priority of the government, that infrastructure works have continued in this region despite all odds, and that it is in keeping with the PMs call from Lal Quilla for development of Rs 100 lakh crore infrastructure in the country.
MoS RTH Gen (Retd) V K Singh said, under the Act East Policy, the government has devoted special attention to the north eastern States. He said, Manipur plays an important role as it shares international border with Myanmar. The trilateral highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand starts from Manipur. He said, efforts are on to ensure seamless traffic movement between the three countries. He added that completion of two bridges over the rivers Barak and Maku on NH 37 by March next will provide connectivity of the State with rest of the country.
The video conference was held in New Delhi and Imphal where the dignatories were present. The projects announced today were to be taken up NHIDL and PWD. The works to be executed by NHIDL were for 164.42 Km, Rs 2806.35 Crore and works included four Laning of Imphal –Moreh Section of NH-39(NH-102) from Km 330.00 to Km 350.00 (Package-I), 20 km, Rs 762 cr, widening to two lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 0.000 to Km 13.747 (Package-1A), 13.75 km, Rs 167.95 cr, widening to two lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 13.747 to Km 32.835 (Package-1B), 19.08 km, Rs 241.52 cr.
Other projects were widening to two Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 32.835 to Km 48.587 `(Package-2A) , 15.75 km, Rs 232.99 cr, widening to two Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 118+850 to Km 130+000 (Package-4A), 11.15 km, Rs 204.12 cr, widening / Strengthening to Two laning with hard shoulder of Pallel- Chandel section From Km 0.000 to Km 18.292 of NH-102C, 18.29 km, Rs 107.72 cr, construction of Moreh Bypass to Two Lane with paved shoulder from Km 421.950 to Km 425.411 (Length = 2.52 Km) on NH-39, 2.52 km, Rs 68.14 cr, widening /Improvement to two Lane with Earthen Shoulder of Yaingangpokpi-Finch Corner Section from km 0.00 to 16.900 (length 16.900km) of NH 202 Package I, 16.90 km, Rs 237.39 cr, Widening /Improvement to 2 (Two) Lane with Earthen Shoulder of Yaingangpokpi-Finch Corner Section from km 16.900 to 30.970 (length 14.070km) of NH 202 Package II, 1o4.07 km, Rs 241.42 cr, tw-laning of Churachandpur Tuivai Section of NH-102B (2B Packages), 21.88 km, Rs 365.33 cr, 2-laning of Churachandpur Tuivai Section of NH-102B (4B Packages) 11.03 km, Rs 177.77 cr.
Works to be taken up by state PWD were for 151.5 km, Rs 126.24 cr. The works Restoration and Rehabilitation of road from km 00/00 to km 83/50 (length=83.50 km) on NH-102A i/c protection/slide slope works by retaining walls etc. essential places and 83 nos of HP culverts in the state of Manipur on EPC mode, 83.50 Km Rs. 55.52 Cr, Restoration and Rehabilitation of road from km 134/00 to km 202/00 (length-68 km) on NH-102A i/c protection/slide slope works by retaining walls etc. essential places and 50 nos of HP culverts in the state of Manipur on EPC mode, Rs 68.00 Km, Rs. 53.81 Cr, road Safety work through improvement of Junctions, Foot over Bridge, Footpath, Road Signs, Marking etc. in km 462 to 464 of NH- 150 (New NH-02) & at km 320 of NH-39 (New NH-102) under road safety Annual Plan 2017-18 for Rs 16.91 Cr.