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Priority Sectors in North East
Aug 13, 2014

As per the details provided by Planning Commission, the prioritized sectors and strategies devised for development of North Eastern States during the 12th Plan Period are as follows:

Faster development of Connectivity (Road, Rail, Air, Inland Waterways) 

Roads: Ensuring expeditious completion of ongoing and strategically important major road connectivity projects like: East West Corridor, all stretches of SARDP-NE connecting State Capitals and Districts, Trans Arunachal Highways, major bridges, etc.

Railways: Broad Gauge (line conversion) like Guwahati-Dibrughar-Tinsukia, Rangia - Murkongselek Bridge (rail cum road) across Brahmaputra at Bogibeel, Lumding - Silchar and Kumarghat-Agartala-Sabroom and New lines: Agartala-Akhura, Tetelia-Byrnihat-Shillong, Harmuti-Itanagar, Silchar-Jiribam-Imphal(Tupul).

Airways: Expeditious implementation of Airport Development works at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Agartala, Shillong, Imphal and Dimapur. In addition, development of new airports at  Itanagar, Pakyong. 

Inland Water Transport: Emphasis on development in the Brahmaputra and Barak National Waterway.

Special Focus on Power Sector: To bring down AT&C losses of State Power Companies/Corporations, expeditious forest and environment clearance for identified major Hydro-power projects in NER, time bound implementation of transmission line projects for evacuation of generated power like Comprehensive scheme for strengthening of transmission and distribution in NER and Transmission system for evacuation of power from Palatana Gas Based Power Plant etc.

Pursuing Look East Policy: Focus on strong relationship with Bangladesh to ensure effective connectivity, connecting North Eastern Region to South East Asia through Tri-lateral highway, focus on development of Land Customs Stations (LCSs) for strengthening border trade and business communication, expeditious implementation of Multi Modal transport using Kaladan River as alternate connectivity to North East. 

Development of Agriculture/horticulture/allied sector by focusing on increase in productivity, irrigation, farm-based economic activities, post-harvest management, marketing infrastructure etc.

Encouraging private investment by creating an enabling environment for investors and rational use of local resources.

Special focus on water management/flood moderation to address the recurring flood and erosion problem.

Focus on education/skill development/health by improving quality of education, Investment in Teachers’ Training, reforms in vocational education, development and operationalization of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) models in education and creating more medical colleges, nursing colleges and other health & technical institutes for professionals.

Focus on Asset management like maintenance of roads and bridges and other social infrastructure.   

Special development packages/programmes have been granted for the area like Bodoland Territorial Council Package of Rs. 500 crores, Additional BTC Package of Rs. 250 crores, Special Economic Packages for Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) of Rs 350 crores and Dima Hasao Autonomous Territorial Council (DHATC) of Rs. 200 crores, Special Plan Assistance (SPA) for creation of priority infrastructure under States’ Annual Plans.

There have been significant achievements in terms of increased connectivity in the Region. Three major Railway projects completed in 2013-14 are: 

(1) Rangiya-Rangapara-Murkongselek (Gauge Conversion)

(2) Harmati-Naharlagun (New Line) 

(iii) Dhudnoi-Mehndipathar.

Measures taken to achieve targets are: 

(1) Special emphasis on monitoring of the infrastructure projects for time-bound completion.

(2) Priority funding for the identified projects have been tied up 

(3) Fast tracking of environmental and forest clearance.


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