Kohima: Union minister of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari on Friday laid the foundation for 14 National Highway (NH) projects in Nagaland, along with inaugurating one National Highway project. The 15 NH projects cover a total length of 270 km for Rs 4,127 crore.
Out of the 14 projects, 11 will be undertaken by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and three will be under the state’s Public Work Department (PWD).
During a virtual inauguration and foundation stone-laying ceremony, Gadkari informed that the National Highway density in Nagaland is more than the national average at 93.3 km per thousand square kilometres.
In 2014, the National highway length in Nagaland was 880.6 km. It has since expanded 75.73% in the last six years, he informed. Till date, Nagaland has a National Highway length of 1547.48 km, an expansion of approximately 677 km.
In six years, 44 NH works covering a total length of 833 km for Rs 9320 Crore, and 11 additional works covering 230 km at Rs 2332 crore was sanctioned.
Details of the 15 National Highway projects
The 14 NH projects for which the foundation stones were laid include: 2-laning with hard shoulder of Peren-Dimapur section of NH-129A covering a total length of 17 km at a cost of Rs 257 crore; 2-laning hard shoulder of Kohima-Jessami road on NH-29 9near Kikruma village) covering 23 km at a cost of Rs 362 crore; 2-laning with hard shoulder of Kohima-Jessami road on NH-29 (near Chedema junction) covering 22 km at a cost of Rs 321 crore; 2-laning with hard shoulder of Kohima-Jessami road on NH-29 (near Kigwema road Chakhabama) covering 22 km at a cost of Rs 356 crore; 2-laning with hard shoulder of Kohima-Jessami road on NH-29 (near Mesolumi village) covering 22 km at a cost of Rs 331 Crore; 2-laning with hard shoulder of Kohima-Jessami road on NH-29 (near Chizami village) covering 22 km at a cost of Rs 331 crore.
It also included the 2-laning with paved shoulder of Kohima-Bypass from Jotsoma to Meriema covering 11 km at a cost of Rs 232 crore; 2-laning with paved shoulder of Kohima-Bypass road from Meriema to Kohima town covering 11 km at a cost of Rs 277 crore; 2-laning with paved shoulder of Kohima-Bypass road from Kohima town to Kohima village covering 13 km at a cost of Rs 160 crore; 2-laning with paved shoulder of Kohima-Bypass road from Kohima village to Phesama covering 11 km at a cost of Rs 202 crore. The foundation stone for upgradation of existing road to 2-lane with paved shoulder from Kohima-Mao covering 26 km in length at a cost of Rs 316 crore; widening of 2-lane from Wokha gate to Hammock resort covering 11 km at a cost of Rs 122; widening of 2-lane from Hammock resort to Tsungki covering 18 km at a cost of Rs 238 Crore; and widening to 2-lane from Tsungki to Izheto covering 24 km at a cost of Rs 252 crore were also laid.
During a virtual ceremony, Gadkari also inaugurated the ‘improvement of city portion of Dimapur City (NH-39)’ project which covers 17 km at a cost of Rs 370 crore.
Taking to Twitter, Gadkari wrote: “Further strengthening the pace of development in North East, inaugurated and laid foundation stone for 15 National Highway Projects in Nagaland with an investment of Rs. 4,127 Crores in the presence of Chief Minister.”
In a subsequent tweet, he added the projects will “further ease inter-district and inter state transportation, thus providing better employment opportunities and prosperity in the state.”
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio also took to Twitter, saying that the projects “will improve connectivity & socio-economic activities in Nagaland, with neighbouring states & Myanmar border.”