GUWAHATI, June 21 - Union Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation and Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel today said that the progress of all Centrally-sponsored projects in the North-East and all the aspects of implementation were being closely monitored.
Goel who was addressing the media here said that the Centre was committed to transparent and time-bound implementation of the projects.
�These projects under implementation in the North-East have been given utmost importance. We are closely monitoring the situation and will ensure their time-bound and transparent implementation,� he said.
He also urged the State governments to do their part for smooth implementation of the projects.
Earlier, he had a meeting at the NEDFi auditorium to review large infrastructure projects being implemented by the Central agencies. National Highways Authority of India, Oil India Limited and Indian Railways took part in the meeting.
The Minister reviewed the progress of the Central sector infrastructure projects costing Rs 150 crore and above in Road Transport and Highways, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Railways sectors being implemented by NHAI, Oil India Limited and NF Railways respectively.
During the review of progress of the projects of NHAI, the Minister was informed that in case of the East-West Corridor project in Assam covering 13 districts, out of total 636.657-km length, four-laning of 606.793 km has been completed, and the remaining 29.864 km was under progress which is mostly in Dima Hasao district.
NHAI is constructing total 130.09 km of national highway in Dima Hasao district, out of which 106.280 km has been completed.
The Minister was also informed about issues like landslides, law and order situation, etc., which had been causing delay in the construction work.
Goel assured the authorities of providing full support from the Government and resolve the problems at the earliest.
While reviewing the New Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Kamakhya Doubling Project, the Minister was told that delay in getting earth-cutting permission from the district authorities could delay the project.
Goel requested the State Government to take note of the whole procedure so that the process could be simplified wherever possible.
He also reviewed the Rs. 571.66-crore project �Augmentation of Pumping Capacity of Barauni-Bongaigaon Phase II� being implemented by OIL. This, after completion, would enable Guwahati Refinery to receive more imported crude oil for processing purpose.
Goel directed the OIL officials to complete the project within the given time-frame.