Distribution Challenges in North East
North-East, the land of seven sisters, is a serene and ageless picture of lush hills, with a prevailing culture unmarked by modernisation. Unfortunately, its picturesque beauty is often clouded by instances of political unrest that keep making news every other day. Despite regular disruptions, the region has immense potential that, if utilised in the right manner, can put North-East India on the national as well as the global map.
One of the key developmental bottlenecks in the North-East is that of infrastructure. While a lot of progress has been achieved during the past few decades, the current status is far from adequate.
The region is connected by rail and road with the rest of India only through the 22km-wide Siliguri Corridor. A lack of connectivity through our neighbouring country, Bangladesh has made connectivity between most parts of the region and mainland India rather difficult and convoluted. For example, the distance between Agartala and Kolkata through the Silliguri corridor is three times than through Bangladesh.
Added to this, inadequate infrastructure within the region and the lack of connectivity with the neighbouring countries has contributed considerably to the slow pace of growth in the region.
The North-East region has great potential to develop not just as a self- sustaining economic unit of India but also contribute to the success story of the country, which is reflected by the Prime Minister’s focus on this region. The stretch boasts of fertile land and water resources, an ideal habitat for horticulture, and a rich cultural and natural heritage that could be explored further for development. The emphasis on the comparative advantages which lie in horticulture, handlooms and handicrafts, rural industries should not distract one from the need to boost manufacturing and create urban jobs. In fact, ’Make in the North-East’ – The North-East’s trade with South-East Asia needs further development. Raw materials form a major part of its trade with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Meghalaya, for example, exports stone boulders, limestone and horticulture products to Bangladesh.
• Lack of proper connectivity.
• A large part of the region comprises of a hilly terrain which makes the states
• Dependent on the road network which is not particularly good. Also lesser number airports reduce connectivity
• Limited tourism infrastructure facilities. Fewer accommodation
• Facilities which are insufficient to cope up with the demand and are of poor quality
• Scarcity of skilled and unskilled labour
• Floods and landslides in monsoons make places inaccessible
• Laws in the state like land acquisition and transfer need to align with a
• Vision for Public Private Partnership (PPP) and make the environment conducive for investments
• Projects delayed in implementation causing development lags
• Landlocked states.
North-East, the land of seven sisters, is a serene and ageless picture of lush hills, with a prevailing
Culture unmarked by modernisation. Unfortunately, its picturesque beauty is often clouded by instances of
Political unrest that keep making news every other day. Despite regular disruptions, the region has
Immense potential that, if utilised in the right manner, can put North-East India on the national as well as the
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