Japan to give Rs 4,000 crore aid for north east roads

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The Indian government has partnered with the The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for phase I of the North East Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project.

JICA will give an aid of Rs 4,000 crore to improve the connectivity in the northeast by constructing national highways and bridges. Modern slope protection technologies will be used in the project to address the problem of landslides in the northeast.

“The region needs high quality road infrastructure as the region is envisaged as the gateway to South East Asia,” said JICA India Office chief representative Takema Sakamoto.

In the first phase of the project, NH-54 and NH-51 in Mizoram and Meghalaya will be developed. NH-54 is located in central Mizoram and the stretch of the targeted section of NH-54 is from Aizawl to Tuipang in Mizoram stretching to 350km, reported The Times of India.

The improvement of NH-54 would enhance the connectivity of the Kaladan Multi Modal Transport Corridor, which connects the northeastern states with the rest of India through Myanmar by roads, inland water transport and marine transport.

National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will complete this project.

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