File photo of Prime Minister manmohan Singh
File photo of Prime Minister manmohan Singh
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PM clears additional funds for railways, power sectors in North-East

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, July 18, 2013

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today cleared additional funds of Rs 400 crores to complete three critical railway projects in the North-East before March 2014 at a meeting to review the status of infrastructure development in the region.
The three projects are the Harmati- Naharlagun project to provide the first rail connectivity to Arunachal Pradesh; the Dudhnoi- Mendipathar project to connect Meghalaya; and the Rangapara- North Lakhimpur gauge conversion project.
An official press release said the Ministry of Railways had committed that the first trial runs would begin on these lines in January 2014.
The Finance Ministry will also provide upto Rs 200 crore for two more projects: the Lumding – Silchar gauge conversion and the Bogibeel bridge, it said.
The meeting also decided to provide additional funds from the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) for intra- State transmission line networks in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The Ministry of Power will expedite work on many hydro-projects which are held up due to various reasons. Priority will be given to building strong transmission capacities to transmit power from this potential power rich region, both in hydro and gas based power.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes, Communications & Information Minister Kapil Sibal, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Development of North-Eastern Region Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The release said the review covered the railway, road, airport, power, and telecom projects in the region. The focus was on speeding up implementation of ongoing projects and also fill gaps to ensure full physical and electronic connectivity to and in the North Eastern region.
Mr Ahluwalia pointed out that, on the Prime Minister`s direction, a special section was for the first time included in the XI Plan document on North Eastern Region which has accelerated the growth process in the North Eastern States. This section is continued in the XII Plan. He reported the eight states of the region grew at 9.95% during the XI plan period, well above the national average of 8%.
An Empowered Committee will be set up to monitor progress on all infrastructure projects in the North East region.
The Prime Minister has also directed the Planning Commission to call a meeting of all the Chief Ministers of the North Eastern States to improve inter-State coordination for speedy completion of the Infrastructure projects.

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