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CCEA approved North East Road Network Connectivity Project Phase I

Mar 24, 2017 09:27 IST

modi-CCEA north east road connectivityThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the Phase I of the North East Road Network Connectivity Project. The approval was given at a meeting of the CCEA chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 March 2017 in New Delhi.

Details related to North East Road Network Connectivity Project Phase I

• Under the project, 403 kilometers of National Highways (NHs) will be developed in Meghalaya and Mizoram.

• Out of 403 kilometers, approximately 52 kilometers will be in Meghalaya and 351 kilometers in Mizoram.

• The project will be executed in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

• The projects will be taken up for implementation during the financial year 2017-18.

• The civil works are expected to be completed by 2021 and the maintenance works are expected to be completed by 2025.

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How the North East Road Network Connectivity Project will benefit Meghalaya and Mizoram?

• The project will encourage sub-regional social as well as economic development by improving infrastructure in Meghalaya and Mizoram.

• It will also enhance the connectivity with inter-state roads and international borders.

• The estimated cost is Rs 6,721 crore, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and other pre-construction activities.

• The project will be executed with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The JICA is a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the Government of Japan.

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Why the project was conceived by the Government?

• The existing carriageway of all the stretches in Meghalaya and Mizoram is varying between single lane to intermediate lane.

• The condition of the pavement is also very poor and at some locations not in traffic worthy condition.

• In addition, the majority of these stretches is located in landslide areas and sinking zones.

• Against this backdrop, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the Phase I of the North East Road Network Connectivity Project.

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