In the last five years, Modi government made tremendous efforts to improve the infrastructure in the Northeast region of the country. The development projects under Modi government include two bridges on Brahmaputra River apart from the opening of the broad gauge railway line which connects the Barak Valley of South Assam with the rest of India. The strengthening of infrastructure in the Northeast is very important for security purpose as well as for the benefit of the local population. When India fought the 1962 Indo-China war, we had no existing infrastructure for easy movement of armed forces. Even after losing the war, successive governments made very little efforts to develop the region due to heavy cost and difficulties in it.
“After a meeting between Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh and a Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu in New Delhi on Wednesday, it was officially disclosed that the Japan Government is to invest Rs 13,000 crore in several ongoing and new projects in different Northeastern states of India,” the statement said.
It also said that some of the important projects in which Japan would collaborate include the Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam, Northeast Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project spread over Assam and Meghalaya, Northeast Network Connectivity Improvement Project in Meghalaya, Bio-diversity Conservation and Forest Management Project in Sikkim, Sustainable Forest Management Project in Tripura, Technical Cooperation Project for Sustainable Agriculture and Irrigation in Mizoram and Forest Management Project in Nagaland.
The Northeast has always been a neglected region of the country. Rich in biodiversity and culture, the region has been a hotbed of insurgency and conflict. Previous regimes have always looked the other way as far as development in the region is concerned. China has always had a keen interest in the region. Apart from aiding separatist elements in the Northeast with arms and ammunition, the country has been claiming Arunachal Pradesh as its territory.
India could give a befitting reply to China only if it has a solid infrastructure in the region for movement of its armed forces to fight the mighty Chinese forces. The infrastructure development in the region is also important from the civilian point of view, as it will make the life of people in the regions a bit easier.