On: 4th August 2023


Chief Guest

Mr.Nitin Gadkari

Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India

Nitin Jairam Gadkari who is the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways in the Government of India.He is also the longest serving Minister for Road Transport & Highways currently running his tenure for over 8 years. Gadkari earlier served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2009 to 2013. He is also known for his work as the Public Works Department Minister of the State of Maharashtra, where, under his leadership, a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state were constructed .He currently represents the Nagpur constituency in the Lok Sabha and is a lawyer by occupation.


Why North East?

Our Speakers

Chanchal Kumar

Managing Director

National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation

Smt Sumita Dawra

Special Secretary – Logistics

Dept of Commerce _ Industry, GoI

Kumar V Pratap

Sr Economic Adviser

Ministry of DoNER

Gangapuram Kishan Reddy

Union Minister For Culture, Tourism And Development Of North Eastern Region(Doner)

Government of India

Sanjay Bandopadhyay IAS

Chairman Inland Waterways Authority of India, Ministry of Ports

Shipping and Waterways

Lok Ranjan (IAS)

Secretary, Ministry of Development of

North Eastern Region

Prakash Gaur



Manoj Kumar


National Highways Logistics Management

Sanmukh Jugani

Regional Executive Director (NER)

Airports Authority of India

Rajeev Chandrashekhar

Union Minister of State

Electronics and Information Technology

Sanjive Roy

General Manager

North East Frontier Railways

Sudhendu J. Sinha

Adviser (Infrastructure Connectivity)

NITI Aayog


10.00 am Welcome
10.15 am
Chief Guest Address

Shri Kiran Rijiju, Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice in the Government of India

10.30 am

A closer look at development plans for North East Region – DoNER

Dr. G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism

10.50 am

Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhary, Director General, Border Roads Organization

11.15 am
Boosting Development by Strengthening Connectivity

KEYNOTE: ROAD to Transformation: Establishing Road infrastructure

11.30 am

Road construction in the Northeast more than doubled rising from just 0.6 km of national highway being laid per day to 1.5 km per day between 2014-19, an all-time high. In this session, let us understand plans ahead for establishing road infrastructure

Shri Chanchal Kumar, Managing Director, NHIDCL

KEYNOTE: Railway Connectivity: Bringing North East on the Grid
11.50 am

The Indian Railways has also been making efforts to strengthen its network in the region and enhance connectivity. The total length of the project is 51.38 kilometres, with a total investment of 5521.45 crore. The project will include 55 major and 87 minor bridges, as well as 5 Road over Bridges (ROBs) and 6 Road under Bridges (RUBs).

Anil Kumar Lahoti, Chairman & CEO, Railway Board – Ministry of Railways

KEYNOTE: Railway Connectivity: Building air connectivity with UDAN
12.20 pm

With an aim for establishing seamless connectivity across Northeast India, Government has identifiedb 16 airports to enhance the export opportunities of the region establishing dual benefits of enhancement of cargo movements and exports. The session answers our journey to 15 airports from 5 airports in 2014.

Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman, Airports Authority of India

KEYNOTE: WATERWAYS & PORTS: Accessing new economic potential with ports
12.40 pm

There are 20 new waterways in the NER which have been declared as National Waterways. This keynote will highlight the plans for waterways development, and it will strengthen north east development.

Sanjay Bandopadhyay IAS, Chairman Inland Waterways Authority of India, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways

01.00 pm
02.00 pm
Speed Networking
KEYNOTE: Roping in the ropeways to connect difficult hilly areas in North East
02.15 pm

The National Ropeways Development Programme – “Parvatmala” -- will be taken up on PPP mode, which will be a preferred ecologically sustainable alternative in place of conventional roads in difficult hilly areas. In his address, lets understand the Ropeway connectivity plan for northeast and how are we geared to for this project.

Prakash Gaur, Chief Executive Officer, National Highways Logistics Management

02.30 pm


Although the NER is yet to catch up with the rest of India in terms of infrastructure and connectivity, nevertheless, the region is experiencing remarkable transformation in connectivity over the recent years under the mandate of the Government’s ‘Act East Policy’. This session will bring together the development leaders in North eastern region to discuss the importance of the enhancing connectivity, current development plans, execution challenges, policy support and combating current challenges and mindsets about development.

  • Road Network for the region’s growth: Combating impediments like topography & environmental conditions, skillset & resource management
  • Boosting connectivity: Fast-tracking Execution Process for Airports & railways
  • Transforming connectivity with Ropeways: Man
  • Strengthening Inland waterways:Collaborating with neighboring countries for enhancing connectivity of the region
  • Financing Infrastructure Execution in North East India


  • Sudhendu J. Sinha, Adviser (Infrastructure Connectivity), NITI Aayog
  • KV Pratap, Sr. Economic Adviser, Government of India
  • Chandra Vir Raman, General Manager, North Eastern Railways
  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary (BSM), Ministry of External Affairs
North East ‘CALLING’: Strengthening 4G connectivity
03.00 pm

In a move to strengthen connectivity, government also has plans for connecting all inhabited villages in the north eastern region and border areas with 4G network by December 2023. In this fireside chat let’s understand the current status, special policy insights for border areas and collaboration of public and private companies in achieving this target.

Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Union Minister of State, Electronics and Information Technology

03.45 am
Powering the North East: Enhancing development with several power projects
04.00 pm

The power sector in North has been growing at a tremendous pace. Capacity addition in the past has been driven by the strong push through government policies and growth in demand for electricity. In this panel let’s explore current projects, execution plans, conflicts and vision 2030

  • Hydro power plans – conflicts
  • Focus on Renewable Energy
05.00 am

VALEDICTORY ADDRESS - GATI SHAKTI playing a key role in development plans of North Eastern region

Smt Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary – Logistics, Dept of Commerce & Industry, GoI

05.25 am
05.30 am
END of the Event

Who should attend it?

  • Academia & Researchers
  • Allied Industries
  • Architects & Designers
  • Banks and Financing Institutions
  • Bridge and Tunnel Construction Companies
  • Builders and Developers
  • Civil and structural engineers
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Equipment Manufacturers / Suppliers
  • Government Officials and Policymakers
  • Industry Associations
  • IT Infrastructure managers
  • Project Managers
  • Project Owners
  • State PWD Departments
  • State Road development corporations
  • Technology Provider


Supporting Partners




The infrastructure conclave was a conglomeration of almost from all industries airports,metros, ports and waters.

Devdutt Bose

Port Sector Specialist, Marketing and Strategy, Tata Consulting Engineers.

This is one of the very unique and wonderful event. It can bring in lot of ideas and sharing.Otherwise, normally we all tend to be in our self silos.So we can open it out and then learn a lot. And finally it all contributes to infrastructure development. Very good. I appreciate this kind of forum.

S.V. Desai

Whole time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President, Larsen &Turbo.

The Kind of the people who spoke at the event are really the brain behind the infrastructure which is very critical for India.

Ronald Bisio

Senior Vice President, Trimble & Rajan Iyer, Managing Director, Trimble South Asia

Happy to attend this event where the topics discussed were gati shakti, and India 5 Trillon Economy and challenges ahead.I am happy that Pratap is taking up this issue, bringing us together which was needed.

Captain BVJK Sharma

Chief Executive Officer, Navi Mumbai International Airport.

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About the event

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