Developing roads in North-East and Border Areas critical for trade: Nitin Gadkari
“Developing roads in North-East and border areas is government’s priority,” said The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. Launching the logo and website of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), the Minister said that NHIDCL will be an instrument for creation and management of infrastructure of the highest standard in the country with focus on the North-East and border areas and contribute significantly towards nation building. He further added that every road should be economically viable and, therefore, his ministry has been trying to address the problems in land acquisition, environment clearance and rail bridge construction. “The regional connectivity so enhanced would promote cross border trade and commerce and help safeguard India’s international borders,” said the Minister and added “The infrastructure so created would lead to the formation of a more integrated and economically consolidated South and South East Asia. In addition, this would also lead to overall economic benefits for the local population and help integrate the peripheral areas with the mainstream in a more robust manner.” The Minister also said that an approximate aggregate length of 10,000 kms has been identified to begin with for development through this company. In the first phase, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has entrusted 60 works to the company for constructing 3586 Kms at a total cost of Rs 34300 crore.
This article was published on January 28, 2015.