IBEF: May, 2011
New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the project “ADB assisted North Eastern State Roads Investment Programme”. The US$ 301.38 million project—a five year project to be completed by 2016—aims at construction, upgradation and improvement of 433 km long road in the six North-Eastern States.
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has been entrusted with the charge of overall coordination with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and participating states, while also monitoring the project’s progress.
The project would be divided in two rounds. The first round would include construction or upgradation or improvement of 74.7 km road in Assam, 93.4 km in Meghalaya and 34.2 km road in Sikkim; while in the second, the same activities would be done for around 63 km road in Assam, 93.2 km in Manipur, 55 km in Mizoram and 20.3 km in Tripura.
A centrally-sponsored scheme of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, the project would benefit around 4.8 million people staying around the project defined areas. People would also benefit from low transport costs and faster transit time, according to an official statement.