The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has announced Rs 300 crore for Arunachal Pradesh under the enhanced funds for Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in North Eastern Areas (SARDP-NE) related works during the current financial year.
Under the revised allocation, the ministry has permitted almost double the amount originally allocated. Against the earlier Rs 390 crore expenditure envisaged to be incurred from National Investment Fund during 2020-21, a sum of Rs 760 crore has been set aside for the same period. Of this, Rs 300 crore is specifically marked for Arunachal Pradesh package, the ministry stated in a release.
The ministry stated that the allocations to National Highways in NE Region under 10 per cent mandatory Pool Fund has been on an upward route in the last five years. A sum of Rs 4,520 was allocated for the year 2016-17, Rs 5,265 for the year 2017-18, Rs 6,210 for the year 2018-19, Rs 6,070 was allocated for the year 2019-20, and Rs 6,780 has been allocated for the year 2020-21 under the said Fund.
The Government of India has undertaken massive road development programme under the SARDP-NE Scheme in NE Region. Under SARDP-NE (Phase –A and Arunachal Pradesh), 6418 km (5998 km actual design length) has already been identified for development at an estimated investment of about Rs. 30,450 crore, out of which 3356 km has been completed and 1961 km is under construction, the ministry added.