NEW DELHI, May 19 – The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today sanctioned a project ‘ADB assisted North Eastern State Roads Investment Programme (NESRIP),’ for construction and upgradation of 433 km of roads in six north-eastern states at an estimated cost of Rs 1,353.83 crore. The project is to be implemented over a period of five years (2011-2016).The Centrally-sponsored scheme of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) proposes construction and upgradation of 74.70 km of roads in Assam, Meghalaya 93.40 km and Sikkim 34.20 km in Tranche I.
In Tranche II, 62.90 km is proposed to be constructed in Assam, Manipur (93.20 km), Mizoram (55km) and Tripura (20.30 km).
Briefing newsmen, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ambika Soni said that Ministry DoNER is the executing agency and is responsible for overall coordination with ADB and participating States and monitoring the progress of the project.
An estimated 4.8 million people living adjacent (within 10 km) to the project roads would be directly benefited. Others will benefit from lower transport costs, faster transit time, the minister said.
A Central-level steering committee and Internal Project Management Unit (IPMU) within DoNER ministry, and a state-level steering committee and Project Implementation Units (PIUs) have been established in each project state, the minister said.
The PIUs in each state would have primary responsibility for day-to-day project implementation and coordination of both the road works programme and Institutional Development and Capacity Building (IDCB) initiatives and would include staff for project management functions in engineering, procurement, contract management, environmental planning and management, social analysis and management, re-settlement planning and implementation, road maintenance, road safety and accounting.