DoNER minister Jitendra Singh at the meeting in New Delhi on Monday.

The DoNER ministry has released an amount of Rs 11 crore for the construction of a hostel at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for north-eastern students in New Delhi.

A DoNER ministry official said the tendering by CPWD is in process. “This is the first of its kind hostel in JNU. The hostel will have 224 rooms and accommodate 424 students. Out of 224 rooms, 24 rooms have been assigned for Divyang students. The remaining rooms will be occupied by equal number of boys and girls i.e.  200 boys and 200 girls,” an official said.

The four-storey hostel will be built in approximately one and a half acre area. The construction work will start in the coming weeks.

DoNER minister Jitendra Singh on Monday chaired a review meeting with the senior officials of his ministry and North Eastern Council (NEC) over the ongoing projects in the northeastern states.

Sources privy to the meeting said the officials briefed the Minister about the progress made on the ongoing projects in the North Eastern region of India.

He was also briefed about the upcoming initiatives and projects to be implemented in the region.

The Minister was also informed that the hostel for North Eastern girl students, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister in Bengaluru recently, has also become functional.

In addition to these hostels, the land acquisition process has started for the Rohini hostel for North eastern students studying in colleges and institutions related to Delhi University and Rs 2.5 crore has been released to DDA. The hostel will be built in an area of about 5 acres.

The status of the North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre to be set up in Dwarka in New Delhi, was also discussed during the meeting.

The estimated cost of the project is about Rs 50 crore. The Minister said that this Centre will act as a cultural and convention/information hub of the North Eastern Region in Delhi.

It will be constructed at par with the international standards and will have a library-cum-reading room with material on northeastern region, an art gallery showcasing the Northeast.

Singh said that the development of northeastern region has been the priority for the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The Government will make all efforts for the implementation of ongoing development projects in Northeast and will take measures to introduce new projects for the benefit of people of Northeast,” the minister said.


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