Guwahati/ 27th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari finally agreed to release Rs 200 crore initially for repairing the national highways in Assam. The national highways that were totally destroyed in the Assam deluge. This decision is reply after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal rushed to the Union ministry with an SOS call. Chief Minister is facing some serious grinding because of the continued deplorable condition of the State’s NHs thus calling out for releasing of more funds to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Accompanied by Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, Lok Sabha MPs RP Sharma, Ramen Deka, Rameswar Teli, Pradan Baruah, Biswajit Daimari and Inland Waterways Authority of India member (technical) SK Gangwar, the Chief Minister met Gadkari at Transport Bhawan on Wednesday.
The Sonowal government which is currently facing the heat submits its report within a week to repair stretches of the NHs that are in bad shape so that to initiate more funds from the high level. Sonowal also requested Gadkari to set up a permanent office of the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) in Guwahati.
Sonowal sought Gadkari’s intervention for immediate sanctioning of balance amount for repairing a 62-km stretch of the NH-44 in Barak valley, which is in dismal condition. He also pleaded for sanctioning of six-laning of Guwahati bypass on the NH-37, which is pending with the NHAI. He also drew the attention of the Union minister for restoring the Gai Bridge on the NH-52 near Dhemaji. Sonowal also requested Gadkari to take measures for immediate repair of the NH-37 from Nagaon to Kaliabor and Numaligarh to Dibrugarh, besides the NH-37A from Kaliabor to Dolabari, the NH-52A from Gohpur to Holongi and the NH-52 from Jamuguri to Gohpur.The meeting also decided to start the proposed dredging of the 600-km stretch of the Brahmaputra river from Sadiya to Dhubri from September, once the monsoon is over. Six dredgers will be pressed into service in the exercise and a minimum 45-metre depth would be maintained throughout the entire stretch of the river in the State.