Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, on Tuesday, announced road and bridge projects worth Rs. 10,000 crore for Nagaland along with a bunch of other projects for the development of road transport in North East India. He assured that the project will commence before the end of financial year 2016-17.
Roads of more than 10,000 km in length are to be developed by the Central Government incurring a cost of around Rs.1 lakh crore in the North Eastern part of the country. This project also includes four laning of the very beautiful NH-39 between Dimapur and Kohima. The minister laid the foundation stone at Chumukedima on the same day and announced a cost of Rs. 1200 crore divided into three separate packages. This project was committed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his maiden visit to the region in 2003.Nitin Gadkari also promised the development of city portions of NH-39 in Bimapur and Kohima for 25 km length at a cost of Rs.250 crore. He said that the proposed work will include strengthening and construction of footpath, drainage system and foot over bridges, etc. He also announced other projects approved by the Government of India, which consists of 61 km long Kohima-Dimapur bypass road at a cost of Rs. 550 crore; NH-39 Kohima – Imphal stretch of 126 km at a cost of Rs.1250 crore; a 63 km long Peren – Dimapur road at a cost Rs. 364 crore.
When asked about the ongoing projects, he said 23 projects worth Rs. 10,491 crore under the 1 lakh crore scheme have already started and the ministry has decided to start other 20 projects worth Rs. 10,000 crore covering about 900 km by this year itself. He also mentioned the sanction of 3 bridges under CRF for 2015-16 costing Rs. 91 crore.