New Delhi: The government Friday said it has
sanctioned about Rs 492.36 crore for road projects in the
current financial year to strengthen infrastructure in
militancy-hit northeastern states.
These projects were sanctioned for the states of Assam,
Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur,
Sikkim and Tripura.
"We are committed towards improving roads and
communications in the entire North East region which has
suffered because of poor infrastructure. This is a priority
for us," Union Minister for Development of North Eastern
Region (DoNER) B K Handique said.
Handique also asked the eight state governments to
fast-track sanctioned projects for the benefit of people.
Out of the sanctioned Rs 492.36 crore, Rs 69.92 crore has
been "approved from the non lapsable central pool of resources
(NLCPR) Fund for road development work in four districts of
Arunachal Pradesh," an official statement said.
The four districts are Changlang, West Kameng, East Siang
and West Siang.
The ministry has also given in-principle approval for Rs
48.50 crore fund to build additional roads in the state.
The DoNER Ministry has sanctioned a total of Rs 196.7 crore
for development of roads in Arunachal Pradesh during the