PM to lay foundation stone of Rs 1,938 cr highway project in West Bengal today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2019 09:03:54



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Rs 1,938 crore highway project in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal on Friday, the Government said. The project on completion will reduce the distance from Salsalabari and Alipurduar to Siliguri in West Bengal by nearly 50 kilometres. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the four laning of the Falakata-Salsalabari section of NH -31D in the northern part of West Bengal tomorrow (Friday),” Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

This 41.7 km long section of National Highways falls in the Jalpaiguri district of the State, and will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 1,938 crore. A faster access to Siliguri would result in better access to railways and airways, the statement  said adding that the National Highway will also facilitate better movement of tea and other agricultural produce from the region to markets.  Moreover, the improved connectivity will also lead to an increase in tourism in the region, the statement said adding, all this, in turn will give a major boost to socio-economic activity in the State, opening up employment opportunities for the  local people.

There will be three railway over bridges, two flyovers, three vehicular underpasses, eight major bridges and 17 minor bridges on this section of National Highway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate several projects and lay foundation of many vital schemes in Arunachal Pradesh during his visit to the North-Eastern State on Saturday, officials said on Thursday. Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of a green field airport at Hollongi near here, they said.

The ambitious airport project in the State has been pending for several years due to controversies over site selection. Arunachal Pradesh is the only State in the country without a full-fledged airport. Initially, Karsingsa was selected as the site for the airport but owing to technicalities, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had asked the State Government to find some other site. On the request of the State Government, a Central Joint Inspection Committee visited Itanagar to study the feasibility of the site during 2017 and recommended Hollongi.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate a retrofitted airport at Tezu in Lohit district besides a 110 MW hydro electric project, Arun Prabha channel of Doordarshan and 50 health and wellness centres in the State. Modi will also lay the foundation stone of a Film and Television Institute at Jote, near here and seven electric sub stations under Comprehensive Scheme, the officials said. He would lay the foundation stone of Sella Tunnel and its approach road in Tawang district besides declaration of cent per cent household electrification in the State under Saubhagya Scheme. All the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony would be held from Indira Gandhi Park here, they said.