Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping laid the foundation stones for 17 road projects on 11 December 2016 during two functions held at Jiribam and Imphal. The project’s overall cost is estimated to be around Rs 1152 Cr.
Also present in the function at Jiribam was the Union Minister of Human Resource Development- Prakash Javedkar along with other BJP leaders. The function at Imphal, on the other hand, was attended by the Chief Minister of Manipur, O Ibobi.
• Gadkari announced that the Union Government will be handing over the responsibility of Imphal-Jiribam highway (NH 37) to National highways and infrastructure development corporation Limited (NHIDCL) from the Border Roads Organisation of Indian Army.
• The national highway was until now maintained mostly by transporters and people of Manipur.
• The repair work will mainly focus on two bridges on the highway-Barak and Makru, as they aren't strong enough to support heavy trucks and vehicles.
• The whole project is expected to be completed within three years at a cost of about Rs 141 Cr.
• The Ministry-owned NHIDCL will also take over the Ukhrul -Toloi-Tadubi projects that cover a stretch of 115 km, costing about Rs 64 Cr.
• Other projects that will be handed over to NHIDCL include Churachandpur- Singhat- Sinzawl-Tuivai project and Tamenglong-Khongsang road. While the former covers a stretch of 162 km with a total estimated cost of Rs 168 Cr, the latter covers 40 km at a cost of about Rs 19 Cr.
Besides this, the Ministry will also take up various other projects in the state through its Public Works Department. Some of them include roads like Mao gate to Imphal city covering a stretch of 90 km, Tipaikumkh, Imphal-Ukhrul-Jessami that stretches almost to about 71 km and Khumbong-Nambol-Mayang Imphal-Kakching-Lamkhai that covers 15 km.
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