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Nitin Gadkari reviews NH projects Underlines importance to use local contractors as force multiplier

Nitin Gadkari reviews NH projects Underlines importance to use local contractors as force multiplier

Nitin Gadkari reviews NH projects Underlines importance to use local contractors as force multiplier

Dispur, December 29: Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari today reviewed the progress of road projects of North East and underscored their 'timely' completion as sought and prioritised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite socio-economic development of the region.

The Union Minister during a review meeting with Chief Ministers Sarbananda Sonowal, Pema Khandu and N. Biren Singh and several state ministers, MLAs and high officials, conveyed his ministry's priority of completing 262 road projects involving a financial outlay of Rs. 2 lakh crore in North East. He also underscored the need for strict adherence to the time-frame to complete the existing projects related to several national highways in the region.

Responding to a request by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Gadkari said that his ministry is ready with new initiatives to infuse new lease of life into inland water ways transport and informed that a blue print has been chalked out for an exhaustive network of inland water ways involving 19 rivers of the region including the Brahmaputra and Barak to make the rivers more navigable. He also asked NHIDCL and NHAI to extend full cooperation to the State Governments for expeditious completion of all the pending projects and start the works of new projects on a fast track basis.

Taking a stern view at the purported delay in completing some of the road projects in Assam and elsewhere in the region, Gadkari asked the implementing agencies the reasons responsible for the delay and ensure early completion of the projects. Regarding the encumbrances faced by the NHIDCL and NHAI which come in the way of successful and expeditious completion of the ongoing and upcoming projects in the region, Gadkari asked them to report to the concerned Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to remove any bottlenecks. Gadkari also asked Chief Secretary of the concerned State to take review of the ongoing projects every three months and send the report to the ministry. He also maintained that he would personally monitor the progress of each project in the North east on a regular basis.

Paying a special attention to the ongoing Bogibeel project, Gadkari asked Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia to inquire into the alleged delay in completing the project. Gadkari also maintained that the construction projects in the North East would also be divided in parts if required, to involve local contractors. He stated that local contractors would be trained to augment their capacity to take up the projects so that local people can be used as a force multiplier for local development. He also said that the 1440 km new NH works announced during the Namami Brahmaputra festival would receive special attention from his ministry.

State PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya along with his counterparts from Meghalya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur, Assam Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, MLAs Prasanta Phukan, Mrinal Hazarika and senior officers were present during the review meeting.