Agartala: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation of nine National Highway projects of Tripura worth over Rs 2,752 Cr covering the length of 262 km today in the virtual ceremony from Delhi.
Addressing the function Gadkari hoped after completion of the projects Tripura would get faster and hassle-free inter-state connectivity with neighbouring states and international connectivity to Bangladesh and will be a big stride towards strengthening tourism sector besides, providing fast and safe movement of traffic across the state.
The projects are targeted to complete within three years of time, which will encourage more and more domestic and international travellers to visit the state, as Tripura is having mesmerizing natural beauty, landscape and tourist destinations, Gadkari stated adding, “Good connectivity is prerequisite for any development and central government has emphasized on connectivity issue of the entire north-eastern region.”
Not only roadways, but there has also been a series of initiatives for the development of air and waterways to make Tripura and other north-eastern states as growth engines for the country, he opined. The projects would generate a large number of employments and also expand the spectrum of self-employment opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled manpower of the region.
These will also create easy and speedy access to health care and emergency services and boost the development of tourism, economy and give impetus to GDP of Tripura. Similarly, good roads will reduce travel time and maintenance cost of the vehicles and saving of fuel besides, improving the transport of agricultural goods and access to greater markets.
The highway projects have included 21.4 km distance of NH-108A to connect Jolaibari and Belonia of South Tripura, 18.60 km stretches of NH-208 connecting Kailashahar and Kumarghat in North Tripura, 12.90 km of NH-08 between Khayerpur and Amtali bypassing Agartala city. Apart from these, the projects included 38.80 km in Agartala – Khowai of NH-108B, 36.46 km of Kailashahar to Kurti bridge of NH-208A, 36.54 km Manu-Simlung of NH-44A.
Two RCC bridges over river Muhuri in South Tripura and River Gomati would be constructed under the projects and also strengthen 74.85 km stretches of Churaibari-Agartala section of NH-08 with paved shoulders along with geometric improvement of 21.789 km distance.