New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) The modified Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) will cover 994 km more under Phase A at a cost of Rs 4,673, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) decided today.
Phase A will be of a length of 2,304 km and the funding would be through gross budgetary support (GBS). It would cover four-laning of 330 km of NH44 in Tripura on EPC basis.
The committee also decided to modify the scope of Phase 'B' of SARDP-NE to cover 6,433 km roads and approved undertaking preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) for the additional roads.
Phase 'A' is targeted to be completed by 2012-13 and Phase 'B' by 2015-16.
The Department of Road Transport and Highways was authorised to engage implementation agencies for various roads under modified SARDP-NE, from time to time.
Improvement and widening of roads will properly connect State Capital towns and District Headquarter towns of the NER and will also provide connectivity to remote and backward areas, industrial places and neighbouring countries.
This will lead to overall improvement in socio-economic activity in the region. Travel time will be reduced and traffic safety will be enhanced. Improved roads will also lead to reduction in vehicle operating costs and energy conservation.
Better roads will also attract investment in the region, providing opportunities of employment and trade.