Mr. Nitin Gadkari recently announced the launch of the new renewed and upgraded National Highway 44 that aims to further boost industrial development in Meghalaya. However, for the next few days, the minister for road transport and highways will try to review various issues that are generally faced in the completion of National Highway projects in north-eastIndia.
Emphasizing on the significance of the improved NH-44, Mr. Gadkari said, “This national highway road passes through coal and cement belts in the state. It is important for the development of industries in Meghalaya, predominantly for cement manufacturers.” Talking more about its importance, he further added that the road will also help in reducing the travel time from present four to two hours between Jowai in West Jaintia Hills district and Sonapur in East Jaintia Hills district neighboring Silchar.
The minister said that in coming days, the new improved Jowai-Ratacherra highway will increase fast movement of goods, especially bamboos from Barrak Valley in Assam to different north-eastern states. In fact, many locals believe that this highway will help in the improvement of the bamboo industry in the region. As per officials, the creationof the 102-km long highwaystarted in November 2015 and had been completed in March 2018, which is a record time as it is two months ahead of schedule. Thekey highlight of this highway project is its three major and 44 minor bridges, and a 143-meter long tunnel.
In the meantime, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma conveyedgratitude to the central government for the upgradataion of NH-44. He added, “It is a significant and undoubtedly historical day for Meghalaya in addition to the entire northeastern region, as we have successfully completed this project much before the anticipated date.”