In Its quest to build world class infrastructure in the north eastern region of the country, the Union government has decided to award contracts worth Rs. 1 lakh-cr in the region preferably to the local contractors for the construction of projects involving completion of 10,000 km of roads in the next five years, Union Road Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari said, claiming that in this connection, the government is also keen to relax norms for local contractors with zero tolerance on quality. The move has been aimed at training local infra builders, making small packages, ensuring 10% advance so that more and amore get engaged in the upcoming projects and this would result in the inclusive development of the region through creation of jobs and opening up of allied job avenues.
As a matter of fact, the local contractors are not being able to participate in the road construction process as the technical and financial component cannot be fulfilled by them because of various reasons. The process for awarding contracts would be transparent, corruption-free, cost saving, time bound, quality-controlled with e-tendering process. In view of the fact that the region receives heavy rainfall, the ministry is keen on the construction of concrete roads as bitumen roads get damaged faster during raining season, he added.