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Govt plans to develop State infrastructure

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 19 � For a holistic and inclusive socio-economic development, the State government will soon start an ambitious initiative to develop the infrastructure of Assam over the next 20 years with an estimated investment of around Rs 3,60,000 crore. Towards this end, the State�s Planning and Development Department has prepared a 20-year Perspective Infrastructure Development Plan (PIDP), stated an official press release here today.

The department unveiled the comprehensive infrastructure development plan at a meeting with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his office chamber here today.

Gogoi asked the departments concerned and the line departments to make a feasibility study of the 200 proposed projects and to submit reports to him. The Planning and Development Department will be the nodal department in this respect.

Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla, while suggesting creation of 8 to 10 sub groups to make an in-depth study of the proposed projects, directed the departmental heads to prepare the roadmaps and to submit them to the Chief Minister for final approval.

The PIDP covers four core sectors namely � roads and IWT, urban development, industry and power.

A culmination of two years of extensive efforts, the PIDP is driven by a philosophy to attain integrated development. Aligned with the overall vision for the State, sectoral visions have been formulated and a comprehensive infrastructure development plan has been worked out for each sector by 2035.

Around Rs 3,60,000 crore of investment is estimated to be needed to develop the envisaged infrastructure. A majority of the investments will be made through multilateral funding and private investments.

The meeting was attended, among others, by PWD Minister Ajanta Neog, Additional Chief Secretaries and departmental heads.

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Govt plans to develop State infrastructure

GUWAHATI, March 19 � For a holistic and inclusive socio-economic development, the State government will soon start an ambitious initiative to develop the infrastructure of Assam over the next 20 years with an estimated investment of around Rs 3,60,000 crore. Towards this end, the State�s Planning and Development Department has prepared a 20-year Perspective Infrastructure Development Plan (PIDP), stated an official press release here today.

The department unveiled the comprehensive infrastructure development plan at a meeting with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his office chamber here today.

Gogoi asked the departments concerned and the line departments to make a feasibility study of the 200 proposed projects and to submit reports to him. The Planning and Development Department will be the nodal department in this respect.

Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla, while suggesting creation of 8 to 10 sub groups to make an in-depth study of the proposed projects, directed the departmental heads to prepare the roadmaps and to submit them to the Chief Minister for final approval.

The PIDP covers four core sectors namely � roads and IWT, urban development, industry and power.

A culmination of two years of extensive efforts, the PIDP is driven by a philosophy to attain integrated development. Aligned with the overall vision for the State, sectoral visions have been formulated and a comprehensive infrastructure development plan has been worked out for each sector by 2035.

Around Rs 3,60,000 crore of investment is estimated to be needed to develop the envisaged infrastructure. A majority of the investments will be made through multilateral funding and private investments.

The meeting was attended, among others, by PWD Minister Ajanta Neog, Additional Chief Secretaries and departmental heads.