Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for Development of Road Network in the North Eastern States
On the initiatives of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has taken up an ambitious Special Accelerated Road Development Programme (SARDP-NE) for development of road network in the north eastern States of the Country. This programme envisages providing road connectivity to all the district headquarters in the north eastern region by minimum 2 lane highway standards apart from providing road connectivity to backward and remote areas, areas of strategic importance and neighbouring countries. Programme planned in two phases (A & B) including Arunachal Package covers about 10,141 km. The phase A of SARDP-NE including Arunachal Package covers 6,418 km an estimated cost of Rs 33,688 crore. Work is to be executed by the State PWDs, Border Roads Organisation, National Highways Authority of India and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. So far about 1,000 km have been completed. The project is targeted for completion by June, 2016. Phase B is in conceptual stage.
Capacity building of the State PWDs is also identified as the area of immediate concern to give impetus to this programme. This is all the more important as the programme includes improvement of state roads, which will have to be maintained by the States themselves after the completion of this programme. Minister issued directions in this regard to the Officials from the Ministry.