National highway projects underway in the north eastern region news
17 April 2008

The Border Roads Organisation, National Highways Authority of India and state public works departments (PWDs) will execute national highway (NH) project works in the north-eastern states as per the lump sum amount allocated by the ministry.

Responding to a query in the Lok Sabha, minister of  state for  shipping, road transport and highways  K H  Muniyappa said, the national highway (NH) project works are underway in the north eastern region (NER) of India against lump sum amount allocated by the ministry. The Border Roads Organisation, National Highways Authority of India and state public works departments (PWDs) will execute the special projects in Sikkim and Tripura fully and in other states partly as per government allocations

The annual plan for the special programmes has not been finalised.

The state public works departments of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland are also engaged to execute NH works in these states on the basis of sanctions accorded by the ministry in successive annual plans.

The plan for the  development of the national highways in the 11th Five-year Plan has yet to be finalised by the government. The amount of works for development of national highways approved by the ministry during 2007-08 (1st year of 11th plan) and the amount of works included in the list of works prepared by the ministry for sanctions during 2008-09 for the six states to be executed by the state PWDs is:

(Rs in crore)
State
Amount of sanctions

accorded during 2007-08

Amount of works listed

for sanctions during 2008-09

Arunachal Pradesh 0.00 30.00
Assam 112.12 292.00
Manipu 37.97 99.00
Meghalaya 43.87 264.00
Mizoram 21.95 119.50
Nagaland 47.08 50.50

The expenditure incurred on the development of national highways in north-east region during 10th Plan was  Rs2,383.93 crore. In addition, the expenditure on development of national highways has also been incurred on special accelerated road development programme in north east (SARDP-NE). The expenditure under SARDP-NE during 2006-07 is Rs91.65 crore. The budget of 2008-09 is yet to be passed by the Parliament.

Four-lane Guwahati bypass was completed during the10th Plan. Karimganj,  Nagaon, Daboka, Lanka, Lumding, Maibang, Udharband, Mahour, Baihata and Agartala  bypasses are under construction and bypasses of Dibrugarh, Tinsukhiya, Makum, Dum Duma, Rupai, Digboi, Margreita, Ledo and North-Lakhimpur in Assam and Shillong, Jowai and Tura bypasses in Meghalaya and Dimapur and Kohima bypasses in Nagaland and Gangtok bypass in Sikkim are in Planning and Survey & Investigation stage.

Time frame for works of double laning, 4-laning and construction of bypasses approved during 2007-08 is given below:

The list of  works for double laning, four laning and bypasses approved under Annual Plan 2007-08
 
Assam: Widening of 8 km of existing intermediate lane of NH-37 from 563/0 to 571/0 to double lane by March 2010
 
Manipur: Widening to 4-lane from km 323.330 to 326.660 of NH-39 by March 2010
 
Meghalaya: Widening of single lane to two lane from km 21/870 - 43/00 0f NH-51 by March 2010
 
Nagaland: Widening to 2-lane with geometric improvement from km 17.00 to 23.00 of NH-61 by March 2010 and widening to 2-lane with geometric improvement from km 33.00 to 40.00 of NH-61 also by March 2010.


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National highway projects underway in the north eastern region