Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will be on a two-day official visit to Shillong from Monday to review National Highways projects in the seven North Eastern states with all stakeholders. National Highways projects worth more than 1.5 lakh crore rupees are currently underway in the seven states.
Mr Gadkari will review the status of each project in the presence of the state Chief Ministers, PWD Ministers, officials of Road Transport and Highways Ministry, National Highways Authority of India, National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation and the project contractors.
Mr Gadkari will also dedicate the 102-kilometre Jowai-Ratacherra section of NH-06 to the nation. The NH project, constructed at a cost of 683 Crore rupees will reduce the travel time between Jowai and Ratacherra to 2 and a half hours from the 4 hours at present. The highway passes through the coal and cement producing belt and is a lifeline for the landlocked states of the North East.
Improved connectivity will foster economic growth in the Barak Valley and surrounding areas, open up employment opportunities and improve overall living conditions in the region. The newly developed highway will have 2 Toll Plazas, 17 bus shelters, 2 highway patrol and 2 ambulances, besides 2 wayside amenities.