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Govt to focus on better air, road connectivity in Northeast

Thursday, 1 November 2012 - 5:15pm IST | Place: Tezpur (Assam) | Agency: PTI
The Union ministry for development of the region has submitted a proposal to lay extra emphasis on promoting safe connectivity by air and road.

The Union ministry for development of the northeastern region has submitted a proposal to the Centre for laying extra emphasis on promoting safe connectivity by air and road in the region.

A proposal for daily air services from Tezpur and Lilabari in North Lakhimpur in Assam to the rest of the country has been submitted to the Centre for urgent disposal, Union minister for development of the northeastern region Paban Singh Ghatowar said today.

He said a number of greenfield airports will also be developed to provide air connectivity in a number of places of importance in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, a four-lane road will be built to connect all places of the Northeast during the current five-year plan period, Ghatowar said.

The third bridge over the river Brahmaputra will come up at Bogibeel connecting Dibrugarh and North Lakhimpur districts in upper Assam in the next two years for which Rs600 crore has been allocated by the Centre, the minister said.

The ministry has given special emphasis on a permanent solution to the problems of soil erosion and floods in the Brahmaputra valley, where nearly 10 lakh people were seriously affected during the last wave of floods.




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