Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 27 highway projects in Assam on Friday. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal presided over the function. These projects carry a road length of nearly 439 kilometers, involving a construction value of Rs. 2,366 crore. These projects will ease the transportation of commercial goods within and across the State, will improve connectivity at the borders, enhance employment opportunities, save time and fuel, improve tourism and infra development, and will result in providing connectivity for agricultural produce up to larger markets. \u201cFurther strengthening the pace of development in North East, inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 27 National Highway Projects in Assam with an investment of Rs. 2,366 Crores in the presence of Chief Minister Shri @sarbanandsonwal ji, MoS Shri Rameshwar Teli ji,\u201d Gadkari tweeted. Further strengthening the pace of development in North East, inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 27 National Highway Projects in Assam with an investment of Rs. 2,366 Crores in the presence of Chief Minister Shri @sarbanandsonwal ji, MoS Shri Rameshwar Teli ji, pic.twitter.com\/Zka5l9hxv6 \u2014 Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) December 25, 2020 The Minister also unveiled a life-size bronze statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari assured the State government of his full support in developing the NH network in Assam. He stated that Assam has a special place in his heart. The Minister said Rs 2,104 crore were approved for 174 projects under CRIF for the State, out of which Rs 1,177 crore have been released till now. The Union Minister also announced a sum of Rs 221 crore under CRIF for the current year, against the annual accrual of Rs 139 crore only. He further informed that the DPR is ready and the tender has been floated for the 6.75 km Majuli Bridge, which is part of the 131 km long Majuli project worth Rs 900 crore.