The Indian Government has laid the foundation for 13 national highway projects in the state of Manipur to boost road connectivity in the north-eastern region of the country. reported that the highway projects in the country will be built with an investment of Rs30bn ($400m).

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, along with state chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, laid the foundation stones through a virtual medium.

Gadkari’s office also posted project details of the different projects with a video giving details through their social media account on Twitter.

Office of Nitin Gadkari tweeted: “Manipur will progress on the path of development in new India. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh will lay the foundation stone of National Highway Projects and will inaugurate Road Safety Project on Monday, 11.30am on Monday.”

Biren Singh tweeted: “Tomorrow is a big day for Manipur! Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone of 13 National Highway Projects worth Rs3000 crore and inaugurate a road safety project via video conferencing at 11:30am. Thanks, Hon’ PM Narendra Modi Ji for the Act East policy,”

The 13 national highway projects will see the construction of 316km of road and are expected to improve connectivity and support job creation in the state.

Last month, Gadkari laid the foundation stone for 11 national highway projects in Haryana through a webcast.

The highway projects will form part of a new Rs200bn ($2.66bn) economic corridor, which will facilitate connectivity between Haryana and other states.