June 10, 2009, New Delhi : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called on Kamal Nath, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, today to discuss urgent issues relating to the problems of development of roads and highways in the state.
The Road Transport Minister assured the Chief Minister that his Ministry would do everything in its power to resolve all pending issues pertaining to the sector in Assam.
Other important matters were also discussed at the meeting, including the worsening law and order situation that is hampering the development and maintenance of roads in the state. The ministers also deliberated on the problem of land acquisition, development of roads in the state, removal of encroachment, forest clearances, stone quarries etc.
Assam is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the East-west corridor of the National Highway Development Project, under which about 678 km of national highway would be built in Assam. The Road Transport Minister has promised to give new momentum to this project.
The Minister also reviewed the construction of the four additional bridges that are to be built over Brahamputra river. The Minister asked the Chief Minister to direct the Chief Secretary of the state to hold a meeting with all the District Magistrates along with other authorities working in this sector, within the next two weeks.
The agenda of this meeting will be to address all the pending issues of roads and highways in the state. Senior officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the Ministry of Surface Transport will also be present in this meeting.
The Chief Minister has promised to look into all the unresolved issues that were highlighted in the meeting and has asked for a complete report on the state’s road and highway development projects by July 7, 2009.
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