Infra Development In North East Will Boost India’s Territorial Defence: Rajnath Singh

He said that the Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Master Plan would act as a force multiplier in the development of infrastructure in the northeast and will lead to stronger territorial defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the government's accelerated development initiatives in the North East had transformed the “Look East Policy” into the “Act East Policy,” leading to all-round development in the northeast region and allowing all states to improve trade with South East Asian nations.

He said that the Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Master Plan would act as a force multiplier in the development of infrastructure in the northeast and will lead to stronger territorial defence.

“Whether it is road construction or railway expansion under Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti. We have also made significant strides in the energy sector. We have ensured the progress of Solar and Hydel projects, as well as the provision of electricity in every nook and cranny,” he added.

He also promised to expand IT and telecom facilities to every nook and cranny of the northeastern states and said, this will ensure economic growth, good governance and public well-being.

I am confident that the North East region is on its way to a prosperous future as a result of the hardworking nature of its young people and the government's Ease of Doing Business initiatives, Singh said.

The Indian government has announced new sanctioned projects worth Rs 1.6 lakh crore to improve the northeast's infrastructure and security.

While Arunachal Pradesh received the highest allocation of Rs 44,000 crore among the northeastern states, Assam received Rs 38,000 crore, Meghalaya received Rs 12,500 crore, Manipur received Rs 15,499 crore, Mizoram received Rs 6,664 crore, Sikkim received Rs 2,000 crore, Tripura received Rs 12,426 crore and Nagaland received Rs 3,235 crores, according to EastMojo.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will two-lane a 1,465-kilometre stretch of the Frontier Highway in Arunachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 27,349 crore.

This project will go through the districts of East Kameng and West Kameng, as well as Upper Subansiri, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley, Lohit, Anjaw and Changlang.

The Frontier Highway will protect the Indo-China-Myanmar border and control migration from border areas while improving the state's tourism infrastructure.

The Indian government provided Rs 38,000 crore to Assam for the construction of roads, four-lane bypasses and five ropeway projects. It would include the proposed 55-kilometre Northern Guwahati Ring Road and a bridge over the Brahmaputra River, at a cost of Rs 3,626 crore.

Several road projects will be built in Meghalaya as part of the Indian government's Rs 12,500 crore budget.

Nagaland has received Rs 3,235 crore in three instalments.

Manipur has been allocated Rs 15,499 crore for road development projects covering 655 kilometres.

Sikkim has been granted Rs 2,000 crore for the development of a bypass to the existing sliding zone on NH 10 from Melli to Singtam.

Mizoram received a Rs 6,664 crore sanction for the two-laning of the 28-kilometre Zorinpui-Longmasu stretch of the Indo-Myanmar Border Road Rs 764 crore.

Tripura will undertake several road projects with the approval of Rs 12,426 crore. The 135-kilometre Khowai-Teliamura-Amarpur-Harina Road (NH 208) will be two-laned for Rs 2,421 crore.

This road will connect tourists to the Tirthamukh and Unakoti destinations. It will also connect Bangladesh via Feni Bridge to Kailashahar, Kamalpur and Khowai Border Checkpoints.

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