Tripura, 27th October: Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, laid the foundation stones of nine National Highway projects with a length of nearly 262 km worth over Rs 2,752 crore in Tripura today. The projects are to provide faster and hassle-free inter-state and international connectivity to Bangladesh.

The highway projects in Tripura include — Jolaibari-Belonia of NH-108A (21.4 km with the cost of Rs 201.99 crore), Kailashahar-Kumarghat of NH-208 (18.60 km with the cost of Rs 277.50 crore), Khayerpur to Amtali (Agartala bypass) of NH-08 (12.90 km with the cost of Rs 147 crore); Agartala – Khowai of NH-108B (38.80 km with the cost of Rs 480.19 crore), the Kailashahar to Kurti bridge of NH-208A (36.46 km with the cost of Rs 473.49 crore), Manu-Simlung of NH-44A (36.54 km with the cost of Rs 595.12 crore), RCC Bridge over river Muhuri & RCC Bridge over river Gomati (at Rs 83.06 crore); strengthening of Churaibari-Agartala section with paved shoulder of NH-08 (74.85 km with the cost of Rs 257.96 crore) and Geometric improvement on Churaibari-Agartala section of NH-44 (21.789 km with the cost of Rs 236.18 crore). The new projects will provide better connectivity, fast and safe movement of traffic to various tourist places, historical places and religious places in the entire Tripura.

They are likely to generate a large number of employment and self-employment opportunities to the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled manpower of the region. The projects will reduce travel time and maintenance cost of the vehicles and saving of fuel,” the statement said.

Implementation of the project would result in enhanced socio-economic conditions of the locality, it said adding that these will improve transport of agricultural goods and access to greater markets, thereby reducing the cost of goods and services.

The event was presided over by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in presence of Union ministers Jitendra Singh and V K Singh, ministers from the state, members of parliament, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the state.