PPP mode needed for infrastructural growth in NE : Ramesh

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Shillong, Sept 25 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh today called for setting up a North East Infrastructural Development Corporation on Private-Public Partnership (PPP) mode.

Addressing the mediapersons here on his two-day visit to Meghalaya, Mr Ramesh said the focus of the government would be on visible growth of development in North East and not only on allocation of work.

Urging the administration to properly utilise the Central fund, he said there would be no dearth of funds for the North East as the government is trying for institutional funding from Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

'' The NE requires good connectivity, power, telecom and other infrastructural facilities for growth, '' he asserted.

Assuring to set up an electronic weighbridge within nine months at Dawki Land Custom Station to check and curb the smuggling of coal, the Minister informed that the state was incurring huge loss of Rs 40 crore annually due to absence of such weigh bridges.

'' Everyday at least 150-200 coal-laden trucks pass through this point, carrying extra load without paying, '' he added.

Mr Ramesh further said the state had immense potential in the field of horticulture, IT, Power and other areas following good connectivity with the South-East Asian countries.

He also visited an organic tea farming venture at Sohryngkham village in East Khasi Hills District.

Mr Ramesh had also offered Chief Minister D D Lapang to sign an MoU with the Spices Board and ITC for marketing of organic ginger and turmeric.

He also announced that the Export Promotional Council would provide aid for cultivation of roses here as India had planned to produce 20 million roses a year during the next three years to export them to Japan.

To improve trade relation between India and Bangladesh, Mr Ramesh announced to start Shillong-Dhaka bus service in 2008.

" Bangladesh has given us the green signal in this regard,'' he said.

He also announced an additional Rs ten crore to enhance the carrying capacity of a bridge over river Umngot from the existing 12 ton to 30 ton to facilitate another bus service between Shillong and Sylhet in Bangladesh.

UNI

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