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Silchar MP seeks budget provision for MMLP, Green Field airport

By Staff Correspondent
Silchar MP seeks budget provision for MMLP, Green Field airport

Silchar, July 18: Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy informed on Sunday that the Cachar District Administration has identified 127 bigha of land for the much awaited Multi Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Cachar district.

Dr Roy had recently met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urging the minister to arrange for monetary provision for the MMLP project and also the much anticipated Green Field airport in Silchar in the government budget.

Talking to reporters, Dr Roy said "for setting up of the MMLP here with proper water, rail, air and road connectivity, 200 bigha of land is required and the District Administration has communicated to State Minister for Industries Chandra Mohan Patowary that 127 bigha of land has already been identified. Remaining portion of land could also be managed as well. The project would require a sum of Rs 300- Rs 600 crore and land demarcation activities for the project would be wrapped up within next 6-7 months. The response from the Union Minister has been positive and I am full of hope that a small step from Sitharaman ji may prove to be a giant leap for the people of Barak Valley and adjoining states. "

Former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is now the Union Minister for Shipping and Ports and Waterways shall also look into the matter, Dr Roy expressed hope. Further elaborating on the setting up of Green Field airport in Silchar, Dr Roy said that the Union Finance Minister understands the need for such a facility for Barak Valley. Rs 635 crore would be needed for the airport for which a technical team had done a recce of some locations including Dolu, Silcoorie and the issue would be given due priority.

Reacting on the recently announced State budget, the Silchar MP who is also the general secretary of State BJP said that the budget reflects the philosophy of the Government and shall serve as a guideline for the growth of the state in the coming years.

Dr Roy informed that Cachar is among the five districts wherein the office of the Deputy Commissioner would function as an integrated government establishment. Speaking on a few other developmental works, Dr Roy informed that 30 percent of work at the Balacherra-Harangajao stretch on the Silchar-Saurashtra East West corridor, has been completed. Also, barring a bridge which has caught some technical issues, the Silchar bypass would be completed within the next three months. Issues related to land acquisition for the ongoing four-lane of roadway from Rangirkhari to Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) and two-lane work from SMCH to Assam varsity would be sorted out soon. Issues with the location for the much anticipated medical college in Karimganj district would also be addressed at the earliest.

"We are trying to bring in a neurologist and cardiologist for SMCH and talks with a few experts are underway," Dr Roy added.

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