The 49th Meeting of the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) Network Planning Group (NPG) recommended a road project in Tripura.
Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary, Logistics Division, Department for Promotion of Industry and Domestic Trade (DPIIT), Department of Trade and Industry, chaired the NPG meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.
The Khowai-Teliamura-Harina road section totaling 134.9 km has been considered for upgrading and widening to two lanes with a paved hard shoulder of NH-208 in Tripura. This is a brownfield project with a total cost of Rs. 2,486 crore.
The project is planned with a multimodal connectivity approach; connectivity to industrial clusters and a new special economic zone, namely Paschim Jalefa; efficient freight transport; reduced carbon footprint; optimized alignment and logistical efficiency.
The project road runs through Khowai, Gomati and South Tripura districts and connects places like Khowai, Teliamura, Twidu, Amarpur, Karbook and Harina in Tripura. It will not only improve interstate connectivity between Assam and Tripura but also boost economic and industrial activities in Tripura.
The planning of the NMP project resulted in the following key benefits:
Increased logistics efficiency: The use of NMP enabled the road length to be reduced by 28 km (from 162 km to 134 km), reducing travel time by 2.5 hours.
Enhanced Multimodal Connectivity: This project corridor facilitates intermodal transport from Telimaura railway station and Manu Bazar railway station near Harina. The planned road improves the connection to the airport in Agartala and the planned Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Udaipur.
Regional Connectivity: This corridor is very close to the Bangladesh border and would connect Bangladesh via Kailashahar, Kamalpur and Khowai Border Check Post.
Connectivity to Economic and Social Hubs: The road will provide connectivity to four economic hubs such as Industrial Cluster around Agartala, FCI Depot etc. and 13 social hubs such as Matabari Temple, Neer Mahal, Pilak Civilization Museum, Jampui Hills and Ambassa Eco improve park etc. Facilitates the transportation of goods from Kolkata to the north-eastern states (mainly Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur) to Bangladesh.
Promotion of Industry and Export Promotion: The project would facilitate the transportation of raw materials for industrial clusters in Tripura. The project would facilitate the transportation of industrial goods such as rubber, textiles, bamboo, food processing, etc. from economic hubs such as SEZ in Paschim Jalefa, Sabroom in South Tripura district and industrial clusters/parks around Agartala and Udaipur. The proposed road will link north-east India to the port of Chittagong in Bangladesh. This would ensure EXIM connectivity.
Tribal Area Development: The project improves connectivity to three tribal districts – Khowai District, Gomati District and South Tripura District. The project is based on Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) under an Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The principles of the PM GatiShakti NMP were adopted when planning the road routing. The road orientation is overlaid with data layers available on the NMP portal such as railway lines, forests, power lines, bodies of water, etc. The crossings are indicated with forests and other sensitive zones to minimize environmental disturbances.
Prime Minister GatiShakti’s institutional mechanism facilitated inter-ministerial consultations through NPG meetings for integrated planning and decision-making. The 49th NPG meeting was attended by representatives of infrastructure ministries/departments including M/o Road Transport and Highways, M/o Railways, M/o Ports, Shipping and Waterways, M/o Civil Aviation, M/o Energy, M/o o Petroleum and Natural Gas, Department of Telecommunication (DoT), M/o New and Renewable Energy and NITI Aayog, and by the Tripura State Government to discuss the various aspects of the project.