Union Minister Gadkari inaugurates & laid foundation for 15 NH projects in Nagaland: Cost Rs. 4127 cr

The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari virtually inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 15 National Highways projects in Nagaland today

Kohima, December 04 (NEx): The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari virtually inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 15 National Highways projects in Nagaland today. These NH Projects has a length of about 266 KM involving cost of about Rs 4127 crore.

Chief Minister Nephiu Rio, MoS-RTH Gen (Dr) V K Singh, Union Minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh Deputy CM Y Patton, Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation, Railways and Land Resources, Paiwang Konyak, Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi, Rajya Sabha MP, KG Kenye, Advisor Urban development & Municipal Affairs Dr. Neikiesalie Kire were present at the Virtual event alongwith other senior officers from Centre and the State.

Speaking on the occassion, Shri Gadkari stated that the Union Government is committed to the development of North East and Nagaland and informed that 667 km were added to the NH network in Nagaland during last 6 years, which depicts a growth of nearly 76 per cent.

The National Highway network in the State today has been extended to 1,547 km from 880.68 km till 2014. The Minister said that almost all districts in Nagaland except a few, have been connected to a robust network of National Highways. He said, the NH network density now is 93.30 km/ 1000 sq km against National average of 39.90 km/1000 sq km. The population wise density of NH network in the State is 77.73km / Lakh population against national average of 10.80 km / Lakh population.

Union Minister Gadkari further informed that for development and improvement of National Highways, 55 nos.of works of total length 1063.41 km and total cost of Rs. 11,711 Cr have been approved in the last 6 years. This includes about 48 km of 3 projects concrete roads as part of improvement of Dimapur City project (Largest city of Nagaland) at a total cost of about Rs. 1,598 crore. He said 16 nos. of work of length 690 Km amounting Rs 7,955 crore are in progress. Another seven works of 105 Km amounting to Rs 966.75 Crore are in tendering stage. He also indicated that 11 works of 178 km length costing Rs. 2,127 crore are to be approved during 2020-21 with enhanced sanction ceiling. Five works of 524 km costing over Rs.6,000 Cr are in DPR stage.

The Union Minister added that under CRF, total Sanction till now from 2002 is Rs 1,334.3 Cr, of which Rs. 487.14 Crore has been released. He announced that a sum of Rs 45 crore is being released for Nagaland soon and also pointed out that the State’s BoS ratio is 11.5% today, which is very high.

Shri Gadkari requested the Chief Minister to urgently send the estimates for Land and Damage Compensation in respect of Kohima Bypass and also informed that NHIDCL has taken up 2-laning of Kohima-Mao road in Nagaland, and the civil work has already been awarded on September 30, 2020. The Appointed Date has been declared as 20 October, 2020 and the contractor has mobilised on Site. Stating that the estimate for damage compensation is awaited, he added that the same may be expedited by the State Government so that the Civil Work can be started at the earliest.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said ‘these projects will improve connectivity & socio-economic activities in Nagaland, with neighbouring states & Myanmar border.’

Speaking about 26.25 km Kohima – Mao Road, Shri Gadkari informed that this stretch is also important part of Asian Highway( AH-1) connecting to Myanmar as it will greatly improve connectivity of Kohima city to Manipur border. It also has importance in socio-economic progress of Nagaland. The better roads will help improve in growth of industry and trade & marketing of local products from various resources like bamboo etc.

MoS-RTH Gen (Dr) V K Singh said, Nagaland is a beautiful place, and hoped that New NH projects will attract improved tourist traffic to the State. He informed that of the 14 projects, for which foundation had been laid today, 11 will be executed by NHIDCL and 3 by State PWD through the Road Wing of MoRTH.

(With inputs from PIB)