Union minister Nitin Gadkari has laid the foundation stone of three national highway projects worth ₹1,206 crore in Siliguri area of north Bengal to boost the region's tourism industry.
The projects include a 5.12-km-long six-lane road, a 3.6-km four-lane road, and another 3.7 km elevated road. Work for these projects will begin in December. They will help improve connectivity and save time of travelers commuting to Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan.
Several other infrastructure projects are in the pipeline and a bridge on the Teesta River will soon be built at the cost of ₹1,100 crore. Two more national highway projects will come up at Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur, besides four other projects at Kharagpur in the West Midnapore district.