Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday laid the foundation stones for 13 highway projects and inaugurated a Road Safety project in Manipur through a video conference which was presided over by Chief Minister N Biren Singh and his minister.
“Keeping with the prime minister's desire to develop infrastructure in the NE, we have undertaken several projects in the region,” the road transport, highways and MSMEs minister said in the video conference.
The projects involve a road length of 316 km, with construction value of about Rs 3,000 crore, for better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in the state, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said.
To speed up the road projects in the state, Gadkari urged the chief minister to expedite land acquisition and utility shifting work in the state urgently. On issue Central Road Fund (CRF) also, he assured release of additional funds of about Rs 250 crore as soon as the utilization certificate is received from the state.
“Manipur being a hill-locked state with heavy rains requires top quality road network to withstand the vagaries of nature,” Biren said.
The Union minister also announced that the DPR for an elevated road in Imphal is being prepared and within two-three months, work on this project will begin.
Biren welcomed the decision of MoRTH in favour of a 25 km elevated road in Imphal. He, however, pointed out the need for four-laning of Imphal-Loktak highway, which has heavy traffic, due to it being a famous tourist attraction.
The Union minister also informed that dredging has been completed in Brahmaputra and Barak rivers, and it is now possible to transport people and consignments through waterways. He suggested linking of Imphal with this river route, which is barely 50-60 km, for getting added benefits for the state economy. He also called for adopting alternate fuel for public transport in the NE region, it being cheaper as well as environment friendly.
Gadkari highlighted the role of MSME sector in improving the employment and economic scenario in Manipur. Informing about the recent expansion in the definition of MSME units, he exhorted the chief minister to utilise the opportunity and explore export potential of handicrafts, handloom, and honey, bamboo products etc which can provide employment to a large number of people.
The video conference was also attended by MoS (I/c) for DoNER and PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS RTH Gen (Retd) VK Singh, several MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the state.
The DoNER minister said today's event gives three important messages. That the Northeast continues to be the priority of the government that infrastructure works have continued in this region despite all odds and that it is in keeping with the PMs call for development of Rs 100 lakh crore infrastructure in the country.
MoS RTH Gen (Retd) V K Singh said, under the Act East Policy, the government has devoted special attention to the northeastern states. He said, Manipur plays an important role as it shares international border with Myanmar. The trilateral highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand starts from Manipur. He said, efforts are on to ensure seamless traffic movement between the three countries. He added that completion of two bridges over the rivers Barak and Maku on NH 37 by March next will provide connectivity of the state with rest of the country, according to a PIB release.
Projects under NHIDCL
1. Four Laning of Imphal–Moreh Section of NH-39 (NH-102) from Km 330.00 to Km 350.00 (Package-I)
2. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 0.000 to Km 13.747 (Package-1A)
3. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 13.747 to Km 32.835 (Package-1B)
4. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 32.835 to Km 48.587 `(Package-2A)
5. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 118+850 to Km 130+000 (Package-4A)
6. Widening / Strengthening to Two laning with hard shoulder of Pallel- Chandel section From Km 0.000 to Km 18.292 of NH-102C
7. Construction of Moreh Bypass to Two Lane with paved shoulder from Km 421.950 to Km 425.411 (Length = 2.52 Km) on NH-39
8. Widening /Improvement to 2 (Two) Lane with Earthen Shoulder of Yaingangpokpi-Finch Corner Section from km 0.00 to 16.900 (length 16.900km) of NH 202 Package I
9. Widening /Improvement to 2 (Two) Lane with Earthen Shoulder of Yaingangpokpi-Finch Corner Section from km 16.900 to 30.970 (length 14.070km) of NH 202 Package II
10 Two-laning of Churachandpur Tuivai Section of NH-102B (2B Packages)
Projects Under PWD
1. Restoration and Rehabilitation of road from km 00/00 to km 83/50 (length=83.50 km) on NH-102A i/c protection/slide slope works byretaining walls etc. essential places and 83 nos of HP culverts in Manipur on EPC mode Job No:102A/MN/2020-21/33.
2. Restoration and Rehabilitation of road from km 134/00 to km 202/00 (length=68 km) on NH-102A i/c protection/slide slope works by retaining walls etc. essential places and 50 nos of HP culverts in Manipur on EPC mode under Job No:102A/MN/2019-20/30.
3. Road Safety work through improvement of Junctions, Foot over Bridge, Footpath, Road Signs, Marking etc. in km 462 to 464 of NH- 150 (New NH-02) & at km 320 of NH-39 (New NH-102) under road safety Annual Plan 2017-18 in the state of Manipur under Job No. 150 & 39-Manipur-2017-18-RSCE-015