Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, along with Home Minister Rajnath
Singh, will lay the foundation stone for four National Highways projects worth
Rs 1121 crore and several shipping projects worth Rs 200
crore in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in events at Port Blair, Diglipur and
Baratang on October five and six.
The highways projects
for which foundation stone will be laid include construction of 26 km of NH between Beodnabad-
Ferrargunj at a cost of Rs 170 crore and 56 km of NH between Austin Creek and Kalra Junction at a cost of Rs 410 crore. In addition,
foundation stone will be laid for construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge and Humphrey Strait Creek Bridge at estimated cost of Rs 262.97 crore
and Rs 277.17 crore respectively.
On the Shipping
side an Alternate Sea Route to Baratang Island will be launched. The project has been completed at a
cost of Rs 45.16 crore and aims to improve connectivity of the island from
Port Blair, reduce traffic on the route which passes through the Jarawa Tribal
Reserve, thus promoting tourism without disturbing the tribal areas.
The Ministers will
also lay the foundation stone for
Extension of Wharf in Hope Town, Port Blair by 200 meters at an
expenditure of Rs 17.49 crore. The Wharf is used by Indian
Oil Corporation for discharging LPG and other petroleum products. The extension
of jetty would allow berthing of bigger vessels of upto160 meter length and higher
capacity. This will help in increasing availability of LPG cylinders in the
area while reducing logistic costs.
In addition to this,
foundation stone will also be laid for construction of Additional Approach Jetty, extension of
Berthing Jetty & Dredging in front of Jetty, Neil Island at a cost
of Rs. 38.19 Crore and extension of existing New Dry Dock – II, in Port Blair at a cost of Rs 96.24