Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday requested ministry officials to send a technical team to the Northeast region to restore Tripura’s lifeline, National Highway-44, which has been badly damaged by rains of the past many weeks.
‘Three Tripura parliamentarians met Gadkari in New Delhi on Wednesday to apprise him of the condition of NH-8. The minister directed officials to send a technical team to the spot,’ Tripura’s Lok Sabha member Jitendra Chowdhury said, adding, ‘Gadkari ordered for steps to restore the National Highway immediately. We have submitted photographs and documents on the precarious condition of the highways in the region.’
Meanwhile, Tripura Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh, who visited the damaged stretch of the highway on Monday, told, ‘I have talked to the ministry secretary and the Assam Chief Secretary. I requested them to restore the road.’
Tripura Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bhanulal Saha said the State government has suggested that food grain, essential items and fuel be transported to Tripura through Bangladesh, ‘The Food Corporation of India and the Indian Oil Corporation officials assured us that they have taken steps to transport food grains, petrol and diesel through Bangladesh. For this, the Guwahati-Dawki-Dharmanagar route and Bangladesh’s Ashuganj river port would be used.’
Tripura Public Works Department Minister Badal Choudhury also spoke to Assam’s PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya and sought his intervention to overcome the crisis.