Government of India has identified 30 roads of total length 1837.95 Km in NE

New Delhi, December 17: Government of India has identified 30 roads of total length 1837.95 Km near North-Eastern border for construction. 10 roads of length 390.87 Km have been completed.

Out of the balance roads which were to be completed by 2012, 10 roads have been rescheduled for completion in 2013 and another 10 in 2016. The following steps have been taken to expedite pace of works:

Fast tracking of forest & wild life clearance of projects. Equipment bank was sanctioned for Rs.100 Crore in 2010-11 for creating exclusive reserve of equipment for strategic roads. Assured fund in the budgets at the beginning of the year.

Enhanced allotment of funds for procurement of vehicle / equipment / Plants. Enhanced air efforts availability. More units (Project & Task Forces) have been inducted to focus on strategic road construction

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and Shri Anantkumar Hegdein Lok Sabha today.

In another’s reply by the defence minister Shri AK Anthony said that out of 73 roads identified as strategic border roads, 61 roads have been entrusted to Border Roads Organisation with a total length of 3409.07 Km.

Out of this 17 roads of length 612.51 Km have been completed, 25 roads are scheduled for completion by 2013 and rest 19 roads by 2016. Funds to the tune of Rs.3123.21 crores were allotted and Rs.2831.23 crores has been utilized.

There are 13 ongoing new line projects covering a length of 965 Km in North-East region. Outlay of Rs.1490 Crore has been provided for these projects during 2012-13. 48 Km of new lines on projects of North Eastern Region has been planned for completion during 2012-2013.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Dr. Nilesh N. Ranein Lok Sabha today. (SP News)

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