Source: News Bharati English05 Aug 2016 15:00:10

New Delhi, August 5: Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh in Rajya Sabha on Thursday gave a detailed account of various initiatives taken by the government for the development of the North eastern region of India. The Minister said that development projects of road, rail, air, communication, waterways and telecom network are being implemented by various line Ministries in the North East States. Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is coordinating various activities including connectivity projects of the line ministries. Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council also provide support for bridging of infrastructural gaps.In his reply, Jitendra stated that railway projects are not sanctioned state-wise whereas 20 major railway projects consisting of 13 new lines, 2 gauge conversions and 5 doublings, having aggregate length of 2624 km at a cost of Rs.52030 crore have been taken up in the North Eastern Region. An expenditure of Rs.21336 crore has been incurred on these projects upto March, 2016. An outlay of Rs.5040 crore has been provided for 2016-17 for these projects and for the residual liabilities of some completed projects.

He informed the House that a total of 197 on-going road development projects in the North Eastern States namely, Arunachal Pradesh-37, Assam – 68, Manipur-21, Meghalaya-22, Mizoram-17 Nagaland – 10, Sikkim-19, Tripura-03, are being implemented under various programmes/schemes of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoR&TH). The total length and the total sanctioned cost of these projects are 4320.95 kms and Rs.37691.05 crore respectively.

Also, 16 Nos. of Hydro Projects (above 25 MW) aggregating to 5576 MW are under various stages of construction for the growth and development of North Eastern States.  NEC is implementing 715 development projects in North Eastern States, viz Arunachal Pradesh-145, Assam – 88, Manipur-106, Meghalaya-76, Mizoram-62, Nagaland – 100, Sikkim-51, Tripura-31, which are underway at a total approved cost of Rs.714864.98 lakh.  Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for North-Eastern Region at a cost of Rs.5336.18 crore is under implementation.