Union minister for road transport & highways Nitin Gadkari unveiling foundation stone for projects in Tripura Credit: Twitter Image

Agartala: The union minister for road transport & highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for nine national highway projects in Tripura through video conference from New Delhi and said that with the completion of these projects, the fate of Tripura would be completely changed.

Target of completing the 262 km national highway roads within a year and a half has been set with an estimated cost of Rs 2,752 crores.

Addressing through the video conference, the Union minister said that employment generation is the aim of the centre and with the starting of work in these nine projects, the youths would get opportunity.

“The development of communication systems in Tripura will increase international trade between two nations. The national highway project from Churaibari to Belonia would be particularly effective in connecting the eastern region with Bangladesh”, Gadkari said.

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He also said that the bridge under construction on the Feni River will be commissioned in December next year.

“After completion of the bridge, easy communication will be established with Chittagong port. The national highway projects would be very helpful for the development of Tripura in the field of agriculture”, Gadkari added.

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The union minister has laid the foundation stones for nine projects which includes, 21.4 km of Jolaibari-Belonia 108 (A) national highway at a cost of Rs 201.99 cr, Kailashahar-Kumarghat national highway 208 at a cost of Rs 277.50 cr, 12.90 km long Khayerpur-Amtali (bypass) at a cost of Rs 147 cr, Agartala-Khowai 108B National Road at a cost of Rs 480.19 cr, 35.46 km long Kailashahar-Kurti national highway 208 (A) at a cost of Rs 473.49 cr, Manu-Shimlung 44 A national highway at a cost of Rs 595.12 cr.

These also includes two RCC bridges over river Gomati and Muhuri at a cost of Rs 83.06 cr, development of 74.85 long national highway-8 from Churaibari to Agartala at a cost of Rs 258.96 cr and upgrading 21.89 km long national highway 44 from Churaibari to Agartala.

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