As many as 100 roads are being developed in border states of Northeastern region by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt said on Friday.
The Union Defence Ministry has entrusted the BRO with the construction of roads in several border areas of the country as per priority fixed by Army based on a five-year Long Term Roll over Works Plan (LTRoWP), Bhatt said in a written reply to Pratap Chandra Sarangi and others in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
Bhatt said the border roads undertaken by the BRO in the last five years in NE region includes 64 in Arunachal Pradesh, 18 in Sikkim, eight each in Manipur and Mizoram and two in Nagaland.
In addition, the Government of India is implementing the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) through the State Governments/UT Administrations in habitations located within 0-10 km from the first habitation at international border in 117 border districts of 16 states and two UTs, the minister said.
Bhatt said the main objective of the BADP is to meet the special developmental needs and well-being of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the International Boundary (IB) and to provide the border areas with essential infrastructure by convergence of BADP/other Central/States/UT/Local Schemes.
Over the last five Financial Years, Rs 2,975.22 crore has been released to states/UTs. the minister said in a release issued by the Defence Ministry.