Chairing a meeting of the chief ministers of North East states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated the resolve of the Union government to ensure rapid and sustainable development of the region.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura and Finance Minister of Mizoram.
The CMs were briefed on infrastructure initiatives taken up by the Union government in the North East through a NITI Aayog presentation.
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The Centre has been trying to ramp-up infrastructure investments in the North East. Under Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North East, Rs 35,000 crore is proposed to be invested to develop the Trans-Arunachal Highway and for connecting all district headquarters by a two-lane highway (about 6,400 km), the PMO said. New rail network is being created at a cost of Rs 57,000 crore.
Also investments are being taken up by the telecom, power, civil aviation and shipping ministries.