Government schemes and plans on Rail, air and road networks in the Northeastern States.

The information furnished by respective nodal Ministries on projects that Government plans to complete to create rail, air and road networks in the North Eastern States are detailed as under:

  • Road connectivity: 261 numbers of road projects under different schemes of MoRTH with an aggregate sanctioned cost of Rs 1,02,594 crore are under implementation through National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) and State Public Works Departments (PWDs) in the North Eastern States.

In addition, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) and North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) has sanctioned 77 road projects amounting to Rs.3372.58 crore.

  • Rail connectivity: 19 railway infrastructure projects, falling fully / partly in North Eastern States, covering total length of 1909 km at a cost of Rs. 81,941 crore have been undertaken and are at different stages of planning/approval/execution. Out of these, 482 km length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs.37,713 cores has been incurred upto March, 2023.
  • Air connectivity: Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched regional connectivity scheme (RCS)-UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) on 21.10.2016 to enhance regional connectivity across the country from unserved and under served in the country and making air travel affordable to masses. Airports at Rupsi, Tezu, Tezpur, Pasighat, Jorhat, Lilabari, Shillong, Pakyong, Itanagar and Dimapur involving 64 routes have been operationalized under UDAN in the North Eastern Region. There were nine operational airports in 2014 in the North Eastern Region. Presently, there are 16 operational airports in the North Eastern Region. Additionally, Advanced Landing ground at Ziro has also been operationalized. Further, 13 major engineering infrastructure works worth Rs.1543.70 crore are ongoing in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura.

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