Govt announces Rs 40000 crore expressway project in northeast

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has announced 40 thousand crore rupees expressway project in the northeast.

Announcing the first express highway project in the region to be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam, Mr. Gadkari said in Guwahati yesterday that northeast is the Government’s priority. He said the 1,300 km-long express highway is likely to incur an investment of Rs 40,000 crore.

Making the announcement at the closing ceremony of the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival, the minister requested the Assam Chief Minister to carry out land acquisition work for the modern road. He said that the express highway will be axis-controlled and vehicles will be able to ply at very high speed.

The Centre will dredge the Brahmaputra river from Sadia in Upper Assam to increase navigational channels up to Chittagong port in Bangladesh.