Govt announces first express highway project in the northeast

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Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has informed that the first express highway project in the northeast region will be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam at an estimated cost of Rs 40,000 crore.

“Northeast is our priority. We are going to develop the first express highway of North East in Assam along the banks of Brahmaputra. This 1,300 km-long express highway is likely to incur an investment of Rs 40,000 crore,” Gadkari said.

The minister requested the Assam Chief Minister to carry out land acquisition work for the modern road.

“The land acquisition has to be done by the state. The sand the soil coming from the dredging of Brahmaputra will be utilised for construction of the road,” he said.

Gadkari further added that the express highway will be axis-controlled and vehicles will be able to travel at very high speed.

The centre will dredge up the Brahmaputra river from Sadia in Upper Assam to increase navigational channels up to Chittagong port in Bangladesh.

In the presence of Gadkari, a tripartite agreement was signed between the Assam government, the National Highways Authority of India and the Inland Waterways of India for dredging and construction of the express highway in Assam.