Imphal: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday laid the foundation stones for 13 different highway projects and inaugurated a road safety project in Manipur through video conference from New Delhi.
The total length of the projects is around 316 kilometres to be built at a cost of around Rs 3,000 crore. The Centre will also soon to take up additional projects worth Rs 16,023 in the state, said the Union minister for road transport, highways and MSMEs.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, who is currently in Delhi, presided the virtual function from Manipur Bhawan in the national capital.
While addressing the virtual event, the Union minister announced that the foundation stone for an elevated highway in Imphal city as proposed by the state government would also be laid soon for which DPR is being prepared. He further said that the Centre has taken up various projects keeping with Prime Minister’s desire to develop infrastructure in the northeast India.
Regarding Central Roads Fund (CRF), Gadkari also assured to release additional funds of about Rs 250 crore as soon as the utilisation certificates for earlier works are received from the State. He also urged the CM Biren Singh to speed up land acquisition and utility shifting works in the State so that road projects could be expedited.
The minister also informed that dredging has been completed in Brahmputra and Barak rivers, and it is now possible to transport people and consignments through waterways. He also suggested linking of Imphal with this river routes. He also called for adopting alternate fuel for public transport in northeast region as it is cheaper and environment friendly.
Gadkari also highlighted the role of MSME sector in improving the employment and economic scenario in Manipur. Informing about the recent expansion of MSME units, he exhorted the chief minister to consider setting up of Special Designing Centres where quality of local handloom and handicraft products can be improved for export to foreign countries.
While expressing gratitude to the Union minister for revamping Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Moreh roads, CM Singh also informed that condition of these two important roads are good in most sections though landslide happens in some places during rainy season.
He further said that Makru and Barak bridges, for which foundation stones were laid under the Union Minister’s guidance, would be completed by the end of this year. And moreover, works for upgradation of four-lane highway of Imphal-Moreh road are going on in full swing, it said.
As per the chief minister, construction of Imphal-Jiribam highway is also underway though the project was slightly delayed in the beginning due to land compensation issues. Apart from it, construction of Moreh bypass road and Pallel-Chandel road would also start soon, he added.