An investment of Rs. 1, 354 crore is approved by Indian govt to develop 433 km of highways in northeast region. An Asian Development Bank (ABD)-assisted proposal to develop highways in the country's northeast aspires to construct, upgrade and improve a total of 433-km of roads in six northeastern states has finally been approved. The project will be executed by the union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDONER).
The state wise road lengths are Assam 74.70 km, Meghalaya 93.40 km and Sikkim 34.20 km in tranche-I; and Assam 62.90 km, Manipur 93.20 km, Mizoram 55.00 km and Tripura 20.30 km in tranche-II. A central-level steering committee, internal project management unit (IPMU), within MDONER, and a state-level steering committee and project implementation units (PIUs) have been established in each state.
The PIUs in each state will have primary accountability for day-to-day project execution and coordination of both the road works programme and institutional development and capacity building (IDCB) initiatives.
The project is expected to be implemented over a period of five years from 2011-2016.
An estimated 4.8 million people living within 10 km of the project roads are expected to be benefited from expansion of highways in northeast. Many more people will benefit from lower transport costs and faster transit time.