Nitin Gadkari participates in 18th Convocation of Assam University

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Gadkari inaugurates and lays foundation stone for 27 highway projects in Assam.

Minister also unveils a bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Silchar.

NEI, Silchar, 26th Dec – Union Minister of Road and Highway, MSME Nitin Gadkari participated in the 18th Convocation of Assam University, Silchar.

On his Chief Guests address in the 18th convocation of Assam University, he appealed to students to use their knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to boost the economic growth of the country and Assam. He further urged the students to concentrate on innovation that will lead to socio-economic development.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi aimed at making India a five trillion-dollar economy, and to realise this vision, meritorious students would have to utilise their knowledge as a recognisable force for economic transformation,” He also encouraged youths to become entrepreneurs and self-sufficient.

Nitin Gadkari in another program inaugurated and laid foundation stone for 27 highway projects in Assam today. Chief Minister of the State Shri Sarbanand Sonowal presided over the function.

Minister also unveiled a life-size bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari assured the State government of his full support in developing NH network in Assam. He said, Assam has a special place in his heart. The Minister said, Rs 2,104 crore were approved for 174 projects under CRIF for the State, out of which Rs 1,177 crore have been released till now. The Minister announced a sum of Rs 221 crore under CRIF for the current year, against the annual accrual of Rs 139 crore only.

Shri Gadkari announced enhancement in the NHO amount for Assam from Rs 1,213 crore to Rs 2,578 crore for current financial year. This was welcomed by the crowd with a thunderous applaud.

The Minister informed that road and infrastructure works worth Rs 85,000 crore will be taken up in the State. Works for a sum of Rs 14,000 crore will be awarded in 2021, while DPR is being made for another Rs 26,000 crore worth projects. He informed that 217 km long roads were completed in the State during 2020 at a cost of Rs 1,102 crore. He said, 357 km road works worth Rs 2,511 crore will be complete in the coming year. 19 projects of 295 km length worth Rs 13,620 crore were awarded this year. DPRs are under preparation for 20 projects of 845 kms worth Rs 25,700 crore, he said.

Gadkari announced construction of a multi modal logistic park (MMLP) in Silchar. This will be the second MMLP in Assam after the one being made in Jogighopa. State government will provide 200 bigha land in Harinachra village along the Barak River. This will benefit the people by way of development of Road and waterways connectivity.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State Rameswar Teli, MP Dr. Rajdeep Roy, MLAs were present in the programs.

Inputs from – PTI

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