Mizoram CM discusses road projects with Baalu

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New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga today appealed to the Centre to declare a new National Highway of 180-km in the state connecting Keitum on NH 54 and Zokhawthar Trade Centre at the Myanmar border to provide a shorter trade route to southern parts of Mizoram.

Mr Zoramthanga made this demand during his meeting with Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister T R Baalu here to discuss the road sector projects in the north-eastern state.

The Chief Minister also requested Mr Baalu to consider the construction of a 117-km road connecting Myanmar border and Nalkawn on NH 54, which lies entirely in Mizoram.

Mr Baalu informed Mr Zoramthanga that his ministry had formulated a Rs 120-crore Annual Plan (2008-09) for Mizoram for National Highways projects, and it had already been sent to the state government for sanctioning of works.

The Minister also informed that a sum of Rs 78 crore was sanctioned by his ministry to Mizoram for works under various plans and schemes during 2007-08.

Mr Baalu assured the Chief Minister that his ministry would consider the proposals of the state Government depending upon resources and priorities.


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