Assam East-West Corridor by Dec 2014: Minister
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati, Feb 5 : Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr CP Joshi on Tuesday said that problems of law and order, land acquisition delayed the construction of the 670-km long East-West Corridor in Assam but the project is expected to be completed by December 2014.
At a press conference held in Guwahati, the Union Minister said that, 431 km under the project in had already been completed.
"The remain length would likely to be completed by December 2014," the Union Minister said.
Attending in review meeting, Dr CP Joshi urged to all the State Governments of the North East (NE) Region and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to step up their efforts in achieving the prescribed targets of the ambitious Special Accelerated Road Development Programme (SARDP-NE) which was taken up to improve road connectivity in the North Eastern States.
"SARDP-NE programme has planned in two phases, covering 10,141 km, including Arunachal Pradesh package, in which Phase A of SARDP-NE will be covered 6,418 km at an estimated cost of Rs.33,688 crore," the Union Minister said.
Dr Joshi asked to the State Governments to accord greater priority towards preparation of accurate DPRs, award works to contractors only after 90pc of the land required has been taken over and to ensure that environment and forest clearances are acquired timely.
The Union Minister said that those projects where clearances are received would be sanctioned on priority.
Dr Joshi further said that the Public Work Departments (PWD) of all the States in the Region would require capacity enhancement so as to provide impetus to the programme.
The Union Minister lauded the initiatives of the Assam Government regarding mines and mineral rules to tackle the problem of non-availability of aggregates.
He exhorted the other North Eastern States to similarly accord priority to identification of quarry sites and make these available to the executing agencies, contractors.
"There was the need to enhance the pace of expenditure, adopt new technologies and provide training to representatives of the implementing agencies," Dr Joshi said.
The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Dr CP Joshi on Monday reviewed the progress of work under the project in order to identify the bottlenecks in the implementation of the programme and to facilitate corrective measures.