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Appeal to repair highway

Silchar, Aug. 9: Congress MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev has threatened to stage a daylong sit-in before the residence of Nitin Gadkari, the Union minister for road transport and national highways, in New Delhi, in protest against the delay in repairing National Highway 6.

The national highway connects Silchar with Guwahati, a distance of 380km, via Meghalaya.

Dev said she, along with the Karimganj MP Radheshyam Biswas of the AIUDF, called on Gadkari in his office yesterday, to seek the immediate repair of this highway. The laying of broad-gauge tracks from October 1 for six months will keep the lone rail link between Guwahati and Silchar closed. Dev said this was the second time that she approached Gadkari for the purpose. The highway links Barak valley and adjoining Mizoram and Tripura with the rest of the country.

She said if the repairs donít begin immediately, nearly 82 lakh people would be affected by a possible food crisis.

Gadkari assured the duo that he had already got a report from his ministry about the damaged national highway. He said the funds required for the project would start flowing soon.

He told the MPs that cabinet secretary Ajit Seth has been asked to co-ordinate with the Assam government and all other ministries regarding the utilisation of the sanctioned funds for repair, renovation and other infrastructure problems.

The National Highways Authority of India has said Rs 75 crore would be required to repair the damaged portions of the national highway.


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