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Assam Government Allocates Rs 3,000 Crore for 1,000 Km ‘Asom Mala’ Economic Corridor Project

The Assam government has greenlit the ‘Asom Mala’ scheme, an ambitious 1,000 km-long economic corridor project, with an allocated budget of at least Rs 3,000 crore. This significant project aims to enhance connectivity and stimulate economic growth across the state. In addition to this substantial investment, the cabinet has approved an additional budget of Rs 950 crore for the enhancement of rural infrastructure. The funds for these projects will be borrowed from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

The Public Works Department will leverage this financial support to upgrade 90 rural roads and four rural bridges. Moreover, the cabinet meetings in November and December will be conducted in the districts of Tinsukia and North Lakhimpur, respectively, while the January meeting will take place in Nagaon. The government has also urged deputy commissioners to limit expenses for cabinet meetings to a maximum of Rs 5 lakhs and refrain from additional maintenance work on circuit houses and inspection bungalows.

Additionally, in compliance with a directive from the Supreme Court, the cabinet has approved an updated draft notification designating a 1-km radius around the Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary in Tinsukia as an eco-sensitive zone. Furthermore, the allocation of land for the development of a judicial guest house in Kaziranga National Park for state visitors and guests of the Gauhati High Court has also received cabinet approval.