MoRTH launches projects worth Rs 11.52 billion in Manipur

The MoRTH has launched 17 road projects covering 493 km in Manipur. The projects will be implemented by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and the state public works department (PWD) at an estimated cost of Rs 11.52 billion. The key projects include the construction of the Barak and Makru bridges on NH-37 Imphal-Jiribam road (Rs 1.41 billion), the 115 km Ukhrul-Toloi-Tadubi road (Rs 640 million), the 162 km Churachandpur- Singhat-Sinzawl-Tuivai road (Rs 1.68 billion), the 40 km Tamenglong-Khongsang road (Rs 190 million), the Mao Gate-Imphal City Road (Rs 4.51 billion), the 71 km Tipaikumkh-Imphal-Ukhrul-Jessami road (Rs 2.88 billion), and the 15 km Khumbong-Nambol-Mayang Imphal-Kakching-Lamkhai road (Rs 209 million). Of these, the first four projects will be implemented by NHIDCL and the last three by the state PWD. The Manipur government has decided to hand over the operations of the Imphal-Jiribam highway to NHIDCL, taking over from the Border Roads Organisation of the Indian Army. While the Imphal-Jiribam road will be repaired within three years upon commencement of construction work, the two bridges will be completed within 32 to 34 months upon commencement of construction work. Meanwhile, of the Rs 1 trillion sanctioned for different projects to be implemented by NHIDCL, Rs 400 billion has been set aside for the Northeast. The MoRTH has also allocated Rs 1 billion for the maintenance of the 0.154 km Barak bridge (at km 145.09) and 0.122 km Makru bridge (at km 189.8). This project will be implemented on an EPC basis at an estimated cost of Rs 1.02 billion.