Gadkari Lays Foundation Stone for 13 Highway Projects and Inaugurates a Road Safety Project in Manipur; Announces Slew of Development Measures for NE States

New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stones for 13 highway projects and inaugurated a Road safety project in the North-Eastern State of Manipur through video conference today. Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh presided over the virtual function, attended by MoS (I/c) for DONER and PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS RTH Gen (Retd) V K Singh, Ministers of the Manipur State, several MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the State.

These projects involve a Road length of 316 kilometers, with construction value of about Rs 3000 crore. Paving the way for development of Manipur, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in this NE State.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari said, keeping with Prime Minister’s desire to develop infrastructure in the NE, we have undertaken several projects in the region. He assured many new Road projects in Manipur in near future. The Minister announced that the DPR for an elevated road in Imphal is being prepared and within 2-3 months work on this project will begin.

Shri Gadkari asked the CM to expedite land acquisition and utility shifting work in the State urgently, so that road projects could be hastened up. On issue Central Road Fund(CRF) also, he assured release of additional funds of about Rs 250 crore as soon as the utilization certificate is received from the State.

The Minister informed that dredging has been completed in Brahmputra and Barak rivers, and it is now possible to Transport people and consignments through waterways. He suggested linking of Imphal with this river route, which is barely 50-60 kms, for getting added benefits for the State economy. He also called for adopting alternate fuel for public transport in the NE region, it being cheaper as well  as environment friendly.

Shri Gadkari highlighted the role of MSME sector in improving the employment and economic scenario in Manipur. Informing about the recent expansion in the definition of MSME units, he exhorted the CM to utilise the opportunity and explore export potential of handicrafts, handloom, and honey, bamboo products etc which can provide employment to large number of people.

Chief Minister Shri Biren Singh said, Manipur being a hill-locked State with heavy rains requires top quality Road network to withstand the vagaries of nature. He welcomed the decision of MoRTH in favour of a 25 km elevated Road in Imphal. He, however, pointed out the need for four-laning of Imphal-Loktak highway, which has heavy traffic, due to it being a famous tourist attraction.

MoS (I/c) for DONER and PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said, today’s event gives three important messages. That the North East continues to be the priority of the govt, that infrastructure works have continued in this region despite all odds, and that it is in keeping with the PMs call from Lal Kila for development of Rs 100 lakh crore infrastructure in the country.

MoS RTH Gen (Retd) V K Singh said, under the Act East Policy, the government has devoted special attention to the north eastern States. He said, Manipur plays an important role as it shares international border with Myanmar. The trilateral highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand starts from Manipur. He said, efforts are on to ensure seamless traffic movement between the three countries. He added that completion of two bridges over the rivers Barak and Maku on NH 37 by March next will provide connectivity of the State with rest of the country.

The projects include :

NHIDCL
Sl. No. Name of Project Length in km Cost in Rs. crore
1. Four Laning of Imphal –Moreh Section of NH-39(NH-102) from Km 330.00 to Km 350.00 (Package-I) 20 762
2. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 0.000 to Km 13.747 (Package-1A) 13.75 167.95
3. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 13.747 to Km 32.835 (Package-1B) 19.08 241.52
4. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 32.835 to Km 48.587 `(Package-2A) 15.75 232.99
5. Widening to 2 (Two) Lane with Hard shoulder of Churachandpur to Tuivai section of NH 102B from Km 118+850 to Km 130+000 (Package-4A) 11.15 204.12
6. Widening / Strengthening to Two laning with hard shoulder of Pallel- Chandel section From Km 0.000 to Km 18.292 of NH-102C 18.29 107.72
7. Construction of Moreh Bypass to Two Lane with paved shoulder from Km 421.950 to Km 425.411 (Length = 2.52 Km) on NH-39 2.52 68.14
8. Widening /Improvement to 2 (Two) Lane with Earthen Shoulder of Yaingangpokpi-Finch Corner Section from km 0.00 to 16.900 (length 16.900km) of NH 202 Package I 16.90 237.39
9. Widening /Improvement to 2 (Two) Lane with Earthen Shoulder of Yaingangpokpi-Finch Corner Section from km 16.900 to 30.970 (length 14.070km) of NH 202 Package II 14.07 241.42
10. 2-laning of Churachandpur Tuivai Section of NH-102B (2B Packages) 21.88 365.33
11. 2-laning of Churachandpur Tuivai Section of NH-102B (4B Packages) 11.03 177.77
  Total 164.42 Km 2806.35 Crore
PWD, Manipur
Sl. No. Name of Project Length Cost
1. Restoration and Rehabilitation of road from km 00/00 to km 83/50 (length=83.50 km) on NH-102A i/c protection/slide slope works byretaining walls etc. essential places and 83 nos of HP culverts in the state of Manipur on

EPC mode.

(Job No:102A/MN/2020-21/33.

83.50 Km Rs. 55.52 Cr.
2. Restoration and Rehabilitation of road from km 134/00 to km 202/00 (length=68 km) on NH-102A i/c protection/slide slope works by retaining walls etc. essential places and 50 nos of HP culverts in the state of Manipur on EPC mode.

(Job No:102A/MN/2019-20/30

68.00 Km Rs. 53.81 Cr.
3. Road Safety work through improvement of Junctions, Foot over Bridge, Footpath, Road Signs, Marking etc. in km 462 to 464 of NH- 150 (New NH-02) & at km 320 of NH-39 (New NH-102) under road safety Annual Plan 2017-18 in the state of Manipur under Job No. 150 & 39-Manipur-2017-18-RSCE-015 3 (Three) Nos of FOB. Rs. 16.91 Cr.
  Total 151.5 126.24