Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday impressed upon the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for DoNER, Dr. Jitendra Singh to take steps to expedite the completion of the projects like multi-level car parking, water ways project and expansion of LGBI Airport and release of necessary funds ear-marked for these projects at the earliest.
In a meeting with union Minister of State for Development of the Northeastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, Gogoi called for steps to expedite the completion of projects like multi-level car parking, waterways project and expansion of the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and release of necessary funds ear-marked for these projects at the earliest.
He also requested the DoNER minister to take proactive steps to evolve a framework to address all delays in implementing the projects, according to an official statement.
The DoNER minister, who is on a day-long visit to Assam, assured the chief minister that all bottlenecks would be removed for quick implementation of the projects.
"Because of the delays in executing the projects, benefits keep eluding the people for whom the projects have been envisaged," Gogoi said.
Gogoi also suggested that the central and state government officials should sit together to address all the shortcomings to avoid inordinate delays in releasing the funds and implementing the projects.
He also informed Singh that the development of the state without Special Category status would lead to slowing down of several developmental activities which might again lead to popular resentment and law and order problems.
The chief minister pointed out that the northeast required significant investment in infrastructure to enter into the next phase of development.
Roads, airway projects and development of inland water transport needed to be adequately funded to bring about inclusive development of the region, he said.
Referring to the expansion of the airport in Guwahati, Gogoi also urged the DoNER minister to take steps to improve intra-regional connectivity which would not only bring about all-round development of the northeastern region but also bring the region closer to the mainstream.
Gogoi asked the DoNER ministry to take up with the appropriate authorities the issue of increasing the frequency of flights to major cities and towns of the region.
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