SHILLONG, Sep 20: The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will be on a two day official visit to Shillong on September 24 and 25 of this month to do an extensive review of every National Highways project in the seven North Eastern states with all stakeholders.
National Highways projects worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh crores are currently underway in the seven North Eastern states and Gadkari will review the status of each project in the presence of the state Chief Ministers, PWD Ministers, officials of Road Transport & Highways Ministry, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) and also the project contractors.
In addition to the review Gadkari will also dedicate to the nation the 102 km Jowai-Ratacherra section of NH-06 in the state of Meghalaya at an event at the State Convention Centre, Bishop Cotton Road in Shillong on September 24.
State Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will preside over the function.
The NH project, constructed at a cost of Rs 683 Crore, will reduce the travel time between Jowai and Ratacherra to 2.5 hours from the four hours at present.
The highways passes through the coal and cement producing belt, and is a lifeline for the landlocked states of the North East.
Improved connectivity will foster economic growth in the Barak Valley and surrounding areas, open up employment opportunities and improve overall living conditions in the region.
The newly developed highway will have two Toll Plazas, 17 bus shelters, two highway patrol and two ambulances, besides two wayside amenities.