Itanagar: Union minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay the foundation for projects worth Rs 9,533 crore at separate events in Roing and Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.
He will be accompanied by state CM Pema Khandu and Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju.
In Roing, Gadkari will inaugurate bridges across the Dibang and Lohit rivers, including the approach road between Chowkham and Digaru. The total length of this project is 30.95 km and will cost Rs 1,508.30 crore.
The minister will also inaugurate the recently two-laned, 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, Gadkari will also lay the foundation for about 96.47 km of national highway 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 the 11.31-km Hayuliang-Hawai road section of NH 113 at Rs 256.66 crore and the 10.3-km Hunli-Anini section of NH 313 at a cost of Rs 139.37 crore.
In Ziro, Gadkari will lay the foundation for 472 km of national highways costing Rs 5,583.92 crore. These include the 26.12-km Akajan-Likabali-Bame road at Rs 374.73 crore, and six packages on Joram-Kolorlang Road on NH 713 for a total length of 94.39 km and cost Rs 1,253.19 crore. The minister will also relaunch a project for two-laning of 351.38 km of Potin to Pangin section of NH 229 at a cost of Rs 3,956 crore.
"These projects will improve the connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and between district headquarters in the state by reducing travel time and distance. The projects will create new employment opportunities for people in the region and ensure socio-economic development. These projects are also of strategic importance to the nation," said a statement released by the ministry on Tuesday.