Govt undertakes infrastructure development in the northeast region

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The government is giving special attention to infrastructure development projects, such as road, rail, communication, and telecom network in the North Eastern Region.

A total of 197 ongoing road development projects are being implemented under various programmes/schemes of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoR&TH) in the North Eastern States. The total length and the total sanctioned cost of these projects are 4,320.95 km and Rs 37,691.05 crore respectively.

20 major railway projects consisting of 13 new lines, 2 gauge conversions and 5 doublings, having an aggregate length of 2,624 km at a cost of Rs 52,030 crore have been taken up in the North Eastern Region. An expenditure of Rs 21,336 crore has been incurred on these projects up to March 2016. An outlay of Rs 5,040 crore has been provided for 2016-17 for these projects and for the residual liabilities of some completed projects.

Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for North-Eastern Region at a cost of Rs 5,336.18 crore is under implementation.

North Eastern Council (NEC) is implementing 715 various development projects in the North Eastern States and are underway at a total approved cost of Rs 7,14,864.98 lakh.

Ministry of DoNER is also providing funds for meeting gaps in infrastructure, subject to the availability of funds. An amount of Rs 4,113.31 crore has been released for 608 Roads and Bridges under Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme. Under the scheme, North East State Roads Investment Project, a total of 433.4 km is undertaken for up gradation/ construction in the North East at a total cost of Rs 1,355.83 crore. Under North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS), four inter-state neglected road projects have been taken up by Ministry of DoNER for up gradation through National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).