NEW DELHI, Sept 21: To further bolster connectivity in Northeast, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the 102-km Jowai-Ratacherra section of NH-06 in Shillong on Monday.
The NH project constructed at a cost of Rs 683 crore, will reduce the travel time between Jowai and Ratacherra to 2.5 hours from the 4 hours at present. The highway passes through the coal and cement producing belt, and is a lifeline for the landlocked States of the North East. Improved connectivity will foster economic growth in the Barak Valley and surrounding areas, open up employment opportunities and improve overall living conditions in the region.
The newly developed highway will have 2 toll plazas, 17 bus shelters, 2 highway patrol and 2 ambulances, besides 2 wayside amenities.
The Minister will be on a two-day official visit to Shillong on Monday and Tuesday to do an extensive review of each National Highway project in the seven North Eastern States with all stakeholders.
National Highways projects worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh crores are currently underway in the seven North Eastern States. Gadkari will review the status of each project in the presence of the State Chief Ministers, PWD Ministers, officials of Road Transport & Highways Ministry, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) and also the project contractors.