Rajnath, Gadkari, on two-day visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation for several national highways and shipping projects worth about Rs 1321 crore during their two-day visit to Andaman & Nicobar islands today and tomorrow.
They will lay the foundation stone for four National Highways projects worth Rs 1121 crore and several shipping projects worth Rs 200 crore at Port Blair, Diglipur and Baratang today and tomorrow, an official press release said.
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 an estimated cost of Rs 262.97 crore and Rs 277.17 crore, respectively.
Work is also in various stages of progress for other highway projects. National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) is handling highways work amounting to Rs 6330 crore in A&N Islands. Much of these works pertain to rehabilitation and up-gradation of NH-4.
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 upto 160 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, an extension of Berthing Jetty  and 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 crore.
Shipping facilities in the inter-island sector are being augmented. New vessels are being constructed across various categories at a total cost of about Rs 1350 crore. In all, 25 ships are proposed for acquisition by the A&N Administration, the release added.


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