Centre assures NE of roadways upgradation

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Agartala, Dec 2 (UNI) The Centre has assured the Northeastern states of upgradation of all the 28 National Highways (NH), 6,880-km long, in the region on priority basis and asked the implementing agencies to connect all the state capitals under a special programme, official sources said here today.

The capitals of the Northeastern states were proposed to be connected by four-lane roads and all the district headquarters by atleast two-lane roads under the National Highways Development Programme III (NHDP-III).

The Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) covers improvement and upgradation of roads, 9,788 km long, of various categories.

Besides, construction of four-lane standards, 678 km in length, from Silchar to Srirampur, the border of Assam and West Bengal under the East-West corridor project and SARDP-NE phase, comprising 2,304 km long roads has been approved, officials stated.

Meanwhile, about 678-km portion of the East-West corridor, under the NHDP-II, is targetted to be completed by 2010 and under the NHDP-III, covering the stretch of four-lane of 1,051 km long NH and SARDP-NE phase would be completed by 2013, they added.

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