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Centre blames insurgency for delay in works

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov 10 � Admitting slow progress of the East West Corridor Project in Assam, the Centre has blamed insurgency problems, in addition to delay in land acquisition and forest clearance for the delay.

The NHAI has completed 72.7 per cent (2505 km) of the total length of 3442 km of the East-West Corridor Project. Of the remaining length, projects of total length of 695 km (including 115 km in the North Cachar hills) are under implementation and 242 km is the length yet to be awarded, said Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, RPN Singh in a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Biren Baishya.

Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi had last month called on Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Kamal Nath to complain about the snail pace of work of the East-west Corridor project. Nath conveyed that the work had stopped primarily due to financial crunch among other problems.

Out of a total length of 670 km of E-W Corridor in the State of Assam, 225 km has been completed. Out of the balance 445 km, five works totaling length of 115 km in North Cachar Hills have been foreclosed due to insurgency problems, the Minister said.

In addition, delay in land acquisition and forest clearance were the main reasons for delay in balance ongoing works.

However, the ongoing projects of East-West Corridor are anticipated to be substantially completed by December 2011, the Minister assured.

In order to expedite implementation of projects, 12 regional offices headed by chief general managers have been set up by NHAI for close monitoring of implementation of projects and performance of the concessionaire contractor.

Most State Governments have appointed Chief Secretaries as nodal officers for NHDP projects to review progress of preconstruction activities.

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Centre blames insurgency for delay in works

NEW DELHI, Nov 10 � Admitting slow progress of the East West Corridor Project in Assam, the Centre has blamed insurgency problems, in addition to delay in land acquisition and forest clearance for the delay.

The NHAI has completed 72.7 per cent (2505 km) of the total length of 3442 km of the East-West Corridor Project. Of the remaining length, projects of total length of 695 km (including 115 km in the North Cachar hills) are under implementation and 242 km is the length yet to be awarded, said Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, RPN Singh in a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Biren Baishya.

Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi had last month called on Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Kamal Nath to complain about the snail pace of work of the East-west Corridor project. Nath conveyed that the work had stopped primarily due to financial crunch among other problems.

Out of a total length of 670 km of E-W Corridor in the State of Assam, 225 km has been completed. Out of the balance 445 km, five works totaling length of 115 km in North Cachar Hills have been foreclosed due to insurgency problems, the Minister said.

In addition, delay in land acquisition and forest clearance were the main reasons for delay in balance ongoing works.

However, the ongoing projects of East-West Corridor are anticipated to be substantially completed by December 2011, the Minister assured.

In order to expedite implementation of projects, 12 regional offices headed by chief general managers have been set up by NHAI for close monitoring of implementation of projects and performance of the concessionaire contractor.

Most State Governments have appointed Chief Secretaries as nodal officers for NHDP projects to review progress of preconstruction activities.