CM: 9000km of rural roads for Assam soon

Sarbananda Sonowal in Tingkhong on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Oct. 4: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said 9,000km of rural roads in the state would be built under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana.

After inaugurating several projects under 16 different heads for Tingkhong during a programme today at Dhaman High School playground in Dibrugarh, Sonowal said, “Without roads and communication infrastructure, the industry sector cannot grow and that is reason why 9,000km of rural roads would be built in the state under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana”.

He also said Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnyan Yojana would enable 26,000 villages in the state to become economically self-reliant and achieve fast-paced development.

For a total cost of Rs 273.66 crore, the projects will bring development in all spheres of society.

Sonowal also inaugurated the construction work of the road from Bamunbari to Tingkhong and several other roads under six central projects and flagged off two new ASTC buses plying on the Tingkhong-Dhaman-Dibrugarh and Mahmora-Dibrugarh routes. He also ceremonially handed over a fire extinguisher vehicle to Rajgarh fire station.

The chief minister also gave a cheque for Rs 38.94 crore on behalf of the government to the deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh as part of the reimbursement for the requisitioned myadi land for construction of National Highway 52 (B).

Sonowal said his government is striving to ensure rapid industrialisation in order to generate employment opportunities and working towards modernisation of the tea industry as it has been the mainstay of Assam’s economy.

To safeguard the interests of the small tea growers, the government will provide land patta to them and give financial assistance of Rs 5,000 per bigha of tea cultivation to first time small tea growers, Sonowal added.

On the government’s commitment to eradicate corruption, Sonowal said, as a result of the anti-graft campaign, 56 government officials have been sent to jail till now and until the system becomes free from corrupt practices, the ruthless campaign will continue.

News Source Telegraph India

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