Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Road, Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for 4 National Highways projects worth Rs 1121 Cr and several shipping projects worth Rs 200 Cr in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The two ministers were on a two-day visit to the Union Territory. They laid the foundation stones at events held at Port Blair, Diglipur and Baratang.
The Highway Projects include:
1. National Highway (26 km-long) between Beodnabad- Ferrargunj at a cost of Rs 170 Cr.
2. National Highway (56 km-long) between Austin Creek and Kalra Junction at a cost of Rs 410 Cr.
3. Middle Strait Creek Bridge and Humphrey Strait Creek Bridge at a cost of Rs262.97 Cr and Rs277.17 Cr respectively.
4. Andaman Trunk Road at Diglipur
The Shipping Projects include:
1. Extension of New Dry Dock, Port Blair
2. Alternate Sea Route to Baratang Island:
- The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 45.16 Cr.
- It aims to improve connectivity of the island from Port Blair, reduce traffic on the route that passes through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve and thus promote tourism without disturbing the tribal areas.
3. Extension of Wharf in Hope Town, Port Blair by 200 meters
- It is expected to cost about Rs 17.49 Cr.
- It would be used by Indian Oil Corporation for discharging LPG and other petroleum products.
- The extension of jetty would allow berthing of bigger vessels of upto160 meter length and higher capacity.
- This will help in increasing availability of LPG cylinders in the area while reducing logistic costs.
4. Construction of Additional Approach Jetty
5. Extension of Berthing Jetty & Dredging in front of Jetty, Neil Island
Who: Union Ministers
Where: Andaman and Nicobar Islands