Govt fixes Rs. 25,000-cr for roads in hilly states

Roads in Hilly States
In its quest to build a classic road infrastructure across the Himalayan belt, the Union government is preparing a Rs 25,000-cr plan for construction of about 2,000 kilometres of highways in 12 hilly states in the country, said official sources, claiming that the highest number of highway length will be awarded in Arunachal Pradesh, followed by Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh and Manipur. Majority of these projects will be awarded as per the government funded model of engineering, procurement and construction or EPC while a few high traction projects that connect religious places in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir will be taken up in accordance with the newly conceived hybrid annuity model.

The target for the current fiscal for these states is more than double of that in 2015-16, when the government managed to award projects adding to a little less than 1,000 km. Projects worth Rs 10,000 crore was awarded in hilly states last year. This year, the government is focusing more on hilly regions as they border with China, Nepal and Pakistan, and are of high strategic importance to India. On this score, the PMO has also asked the road transport and highways ministry to increase the pace of road development in these states. The ministry plans to award projects of about 300 km in Arunachal Pradesh, 256 in Mizoram, close to 250 km each in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, 100 km in Manipur and the remaining in Uttarakhand, Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland and West Bengal, the sources added.

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