The North Eastern Council, NEC, is a vital agency for the development of social and economic aspects of the Northeast. It has funded an upgradation of infrastructure in 12 operational airports in the area. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that a lot of emphasis has been put on the Transport and Communication sector by the NEC; it has constructed 10,500 kms of roads including interstate and roads of economic importance. The allocation cost has been increased from Rs 800 Crore to Rs.1,118 crore for the year 2016-2017 so there is proper air connectivity in the area. The NEC is supporting Airports Authority of India (AAI) in its pursuit to complete the construction of Tezu Airport in Arunachal Pradesh due to get completed by 2017. The NEC is also contributing in completing the runway extension at the Umroi (Shillong) Airport to enable landing of bigger aircrafts. Another project- North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) has been launched to take up all strategically important but neglected roads and bridges.