ITANAGAR, May 1 � Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari yesterday appealed to the insurgent groups of the Northeastern region to shun violence and join the mainstream.
�The Centre is committed for all-round development of the region and accordingly constituted the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), especially for the NE States to accelerate the pace of development at par with rest of the country,� Gadkari told reporters here last evening.
He said, the Corporation would execute all the road projects earlier awarded to National Highway Authority (NHA) besides executing a few projects of the BRO.
�The head office of the NHIDCL will be at Guwahati and branch office will be established in all the States of the region,� he said.
Disclosing proposals for converting all existing national highways to cement concrete roads in the region to avoid huge maintenance cost, Gadkari said the Ministry had already booked 95 lakh tonne cement from various cement companies at cheap rate for the purpose. � PTI