Centre ready to fulfill Assam's special needs

SIVASAGAR/JORHAT: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the Centre was ready to pay special attention to the development of Assam.

" Our government is always ready towards the special needs for Assam and other northeastern states," he told a a gathering at Industrial Training Institute playground in Jorhat after laying the foundation of the National Institute of Design (NID). He said that his government has taken up a number of development projects for the region. Pointing out some projects taken up in Assam, he said, "I am happy to note that a comprehensive project for the protection of Rohmoria and Majuli island from erosion is at an advance stage of completion. The Bongaigaon thermal power project is likely to be commissioned shortly. The Assam Gas Cracker Project is another significant project that has been taken up for implementation. Project for the preservation of cultural heritage of Natun Kamalabari satra has been taken up."

He added, " We have also initiated several projects for improving connectivity. These include Lumding-Silchar-Jiribam railway line, Bogibeel road cum bridge project, Construction of the Dhola- Sadia and Numaligarh -Gahpur bridges.

The National Institute of design (NID) will be the second of its type in India after the first NID set up in Ahmedabad 50 years ago.