Imphal: In a major push to road infrastructure in the Northeast, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated and laid foundation stone for 16 national highway projects in Manipur with a total outlay of Rs 4,148 crore.

According to a road ministry statement, the projects will provide all-weather connectivity to Manipur with the rest of the country and the neighbouring countries.

These highway projects will boost agricultural, industrial and socio-economic progress of the region, besides facilitating health care and emergency service to the remotest of the areas and generating employment and self-employment opportunities, it said.

The minister inaugurated and laid foundation stone for 16 National Highway Projects in Manipur with an investment of Rs 4,148 crore covering total length of 298 kms, the statement said.

Inaugurating the projects in Imphal, the road transport and highways minister said projects worth Rs 5,000 crore have also been sanctioned for the state and the detailed project reports (DPR) will be completed within six months and the work will start in a year’s time.

Gadkari said expansion of highways in the state will be recommended under the Bharatmala Phase ll Pariyojana.

He pointed out that the Prime Minister is giving the highest priority to the Northeast and road infrastructure will contribute in development of Manipur and make it socially and economically strong.

Gadkari said that water, power, transport and communication are the four most important things for development of industry, for generating employment and eradicating poverty.

Meanwhile, expressing dissatisfaction over the progress of the ongoing national developmental projects in Manipur, Gadkari said: “I like honest people who can get the work done on time. That is the mission in my work. Either, by hook or crook, do it.”

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“I know that there are problems but what is the meaning of leadership? We need to win over the problems and that is the test of good leadership. Problems are there but we need to solve the problems and increase the speed of the ongoing work progress,” he added.

The Union minister further urged chief minister N Biren Singh and PWD minister Th Biswajit Singh to have a review meeting and resolve the issues while assuring that money wouldn’t be a problem.

“Whatever amount you want to ask me, I don’t have any problem and you will get it. But the problem of land acquisition, forest and environment clearance, cooperation from the people, etc, need to be resolved at the earliest, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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