Feasibility study presented on the NE Economic Corridor: DoNER

A feasibility study on the Northeast Economic Corridor has been entrusted to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a report has been submitted, Rajya Sabha was told on March 16.

In a written response, Minister of Development of the Northeastern Region (DoNER) G. Kishan Reddy said that the study addressed three important infrastructure aspects – transport, urban and energy – as prerequisites for equitable economic development for the NE region

The report envisaged a multimodal transport network on three levels (1) within NER; (2) between NER and the rest of India with additional connectivity through Bangladesh; and (3) with neighboring countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar) to improve connectivity between South Asia and Southeast Asia, he said.

All identified routes are consistent with international and regional transport corridors such as the Asian Highway Network, South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) corridors, the Transasia Rail Network and India-Bangladesh Inland Waterways Protocol routes, he said.

Considering the economic recovery and equitable development of each NE state and region, the study has identified 24 growth centers and 20 frontier centers that will drive the states’ development based on their potential, he added.

However, the DÖNER minister did not address steps taken after the feasibility report was submitted.

Regarding the establishment of an industrial corridor in the Northeast region, the proposal to connect Dawki-Guwahati-Moreh was positively evaluated at the 2nd meeting of the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) Board of Trustees, and the study was conducted accordingly, he added added.

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