Correspondent ITANAGAR, Dec 20 - Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Thursday launched new national highways/bridges projects worth Rs 9,533 crore at two separate events in Roing and Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh in presence of State Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and others, according to an official release here.
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari laying the foundation stone of the NHIDCL projects at Roing on Thursday. – UB Photos
“I am confident that these projects will be beneficial for the development of Arunachal Pradesh and North East,” Gadkari said in a tweet.
In Roing, Gadkari inaugurated bridges across Dibang and Lohit river system, including approach road between Chowkham-Digaru. The total length of this project is 30.95 km and cost Rs 1,508.30 crore.
The Minister also inaugurated the two-lane, 25.14 km Mahadevpur-Buri Dihing section of NH-52 B, constructed at a cost of Rs 136.60 crore and 22.23 km Bordumsa-Namchik section of NH-52 B constructed at a cost of Rs 189.91 crore.
In addition to the above, he also laid the foundation stones for about 96.47 km of national highways projects costing Rs 2,114.82 crore in Roing. These include two laning of the 74.86 km Roing-Hunli section of Hunli-Anini Road (NH-313) at a cost of Rs 1,718.59 crore; two laning of 11.31 km Hayuliang-Hawai Road section of NH-113 at Rs 256.66 crore and 10.3 km Hunli-Anini section of NH-313 at a cost of Rs 139.37 crore.
At Ziro, Gadkari laid the foundation for 472 km of national highways costing Rs 5,583.92 crore. These include 26.12-km Akajan-Likabali-Bame road at Rs 374.73 crore, and 6 packages on Joram-Kolorlang Road on NH-713 for a total length of 94.39 km and cost Rs 1253.19 crore.
The Union Minister also re-launched a project for two laning of 351.38 km Potin-Pangin section of NH-229 at a cost of Rs 3,956 crore.
Addressing the gathering, Gadkari said that these infrastructure projects will transform the picture of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE States by way of development, job creation and employment for the youth in the region.
Gadkari also stated that the road network in Arunachal Pradesh has increased from 1,804 km to 2,885 km since the NDA Government came to power. He also stated that around Rs 28,000 crore is being spent on expanding road network in the State.
While complimenting the agencies involved for timely completion of projects despite obstacles like acquisition of land, forest and environment clearances etc, the Union Minister assured the State Government that the two projects which could not take off will be reassessed again and work will be started at the earliest, the release added.