Cabinet Committee Greenlights Rs. 2,486.78 Crore Project to Enhance Tripura's Road Infrastructure

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Cabinet Committee Greenlights Rs. 2,486.78 Crore Project to Enhance Tripura's Road Infrastructure
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Chairs Approval for Widening and Improvement of Key NH-208 Stretch
New Delhi, 27 December, 23: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has granted its approval for a significant infrastructure development project in the state of Tripura. The venture, focused on the enhancement and widening of the two-lane road from km 101.300 (Khowai) to km 236.213 (Harina) of NH-208, spans a total length of 134.913 kilometers.

The approved project, with an investment of Rs. 2,486.78 crore, aims to bolster road connectivity in Tripura, providing improved access to Assam and Meghalaya from the state. The loan component of Rs. 1,511.70 crore (JPY 23,129 Million) will be facilitated through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) scheme.

Boosting Connectivity and Reducing Transit Time:
The strategic selection of this project is rooted in addressing the socio-economic needs of the region. The improved stretch of NH-208 is anticipated to significantly enhance interstate connectivity between Assam and Tripura via NH-208A. Furthermore, it aims to reduce transit time and ensure safer connectivity for travelers, presenting an alternative access route to Assam and Meghalaya beyond the existing NH-8.

Facilitating Trade and Connectivity to Bangladesh:
With the project stretch running in proximity to the Bangladesh border, the development is expected to improve connectivity to Bangladesh through key checkpoints like Kailashahar, Kamalpur, and Khowai Border Check Post. This is likely to stimulate land border trade and contribute to the growth of the region's road network.

Socio-Economic Impact:
The chosen stretch plays a crucial role in providing enhanced connectivity to agricultural zones, tourist destinations, religious sites, and tribal districts of Tripura, which have been relatively underserved in terms of growth and income. Upon project completion, the improved connectivity is poised to generate additional revenue for the state and contribute to the income of the local population.

Construction Timeline and Maintenance:
The construction period for the project is estimated to be two years, incorporating a maintenance phase of five years (for flexible pavement) or ten years (for rigid pavement) post-construction.

The Cabinet Committee's approval for the NH-208 improvement and widening project reflects the government's commitment to bolstering infrastructure and connectivity in the northeastern region. As Tripura gears up for this transformative venture, the anticipated socio-economic benefits and improved access underscore the strategic significance of this development in the state's growth trajectory.