The 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.
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.
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.
What: Approved by the CCEA
When: 22 March 2017