2021 witnessed the inauguration of a number of infra development projects aimed at improving connectivity. On March 9, the Maitri Setu, a 1.9 km double-lane bridge built over the River Feni that flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura and the neighbouring Bangladesh, was inaugurated. Built at a cost of 133 crore by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. the bridge is set to become the "Gateway of Northeast" and boost trade and commerce between the two countries.
On November 16, PM Modi inaugurated the 341 km-long Purvanchal Expressway connecting western and eastern UP, which is expected to boost the economic development of the eastern areas. Built at a cost of 22,497 crore, and over 3 years from 2018, the Expressway among other things boasts a 3.2 km airstrip that would enable landing and take-off of the IAF fighter planes in an emergency.
On December 29, the Union Territory of Ladakh got the world's highest motorable road at Umling La Pass at an altitude of over 19,000 feet. The 52-km long road, built under the BRO'S Project Himank, connects remote villages in eastern Ladakh. The road, close to the LAC, is not just strategically important enabling easier movement of military vehicles and troops, but will also play a role in boosting tourism and the socio-economic conditions of the people in the region.
Besides, several development projects were launched in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and other States.
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