minister of shipping, road transport and highways, T R Baalu has said that the
East-West Corridor which, passes through Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, is likely to be substantially completed
at the Parliamentary consultative committee meeting of the ministry, Baalu said
that on completion, this corridor would open up new opportunities for the people
and lead to all round economic development of these states. The consultative committee
meeting was held today to review the progress of the work on the East West Corridor.
Baalu said that the main problems affecting the progress have been the delay
in disbursement of compensation for land acquisition in Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh
and Uttar Pradesh. HE also said there has also been some delay in Uttar Pradesh
due to the condition stipulated by the state government for providing 10-metre
wide strip of land for afforestation before allowing tree-cutting, the minister
said and added that law and order in Assam has also to some extent affected the
work in that state.
Balu assured the members of the consultative committee that all these issues were
being pursued with the respective state governments and efforts were being made
to speed up the work.
details about the progress, the minister said that out of the total length of
3,443km, widening has already been completed on 765km and was in progress on 2,446km,
while work for 232km remained to be awarded, including 201km in West Bengal from
Siliguri on NH-31 to the West Bengal / Assam Border where the alignment had to
be changed due to the Mahananda and Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuaries and Buxa Tiger
Reserve, he said.
minister informed the members that the revised detailed project report (DPR) on
the alternate alignment, which avoids wild life altogether, was expected in two
months and thereafter action would be initiated on these projects.
work on a length of 31km in Assam between Udarband and Harangajo also could not
be awarded due to declaration of Burail Wild Life Sanctuary, he said and added
that revised DPR for alternate alignment in this section is also being prepared
for this stretch.
also said that on the East-West Corridor some major bridges like the Second Brahamputra
Bridge near Saraighat in Guwahati, Kosi Bridge on NH-57 in Bihar and the cable-stayed
bridge on Kota Bypass in Rajasthan were likely to be completed in 2010.
assured the members when they pointed out to the damaged roads due to the recent
floods in Bihar, that the National Highway Authority of India and the ministry
would immediately undertake a survey of the affected areas and expedite the restoration
work, while also enlisting their assistance in taking up the pending matters with
their respective states to help in expediting the land acquisition.
MPs who attended the meeting were: M R Reddy, AV Reddy, Dr R Senthil, L R Patil,
D P Yadav, Hari Kewal Prasad, Brahmananda Panda, L C Seth, Santosh Gangwar from
the Lok Sabha and Silvius Condpan, Rishang Keishing, M L Mandal, Mabel Rebello
and Sushila Tiriya from the Rajya Sabha.