The Construction, Maintenance and improvement, of all the strategic Roads in Arunachal pradesh should be handed over to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), said Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. Mr Pul shared this view with Lt. General Suresh Sharma, DG, BRO.
Mr Pul Said, the BRO has a dedicated workforce, resources and expertise that makes it as the most competent force that can work in any hard weather conditions and harsh terrain.
“Our basic aim is to achieve basic minimum road communication in interior parts of our state and we are committed to build high class road infrastructure,” said the chief minister.
While discussing on issues relating to land acquisition, forest clearance, quarries for construction material etc. CM assured his government’s support on all level.
Pul lamented the recent handover of major state highways to other agencies, which he observed have resulted in undue delay in completion of works.
He emphasised to push forward major strategic highways such as Roing-Anini, Tezu-Hawai and Joram-Koloriang to be taken up by BRO, while he disclosed that he wasn’t earlier aware that these highways were handed over to other agencies.
He also insisted on BRO to take up other proposed highways, which was handed over to other agencies and whose work is yet to begin. In this matter, the chief minister said he will strongly advocate with the highest office in the country at all political level.
Also another challenge he cited was the maintenance of road. Due to harsh weather conditions and difficult terrain, it is difficult to predict the durability and life of the road. Under such condition, Pul strongly advocated that a dedicated workforce like BRO would be the ideal organisation capable enough to take up such challenge.
He agreed upon DGBR’s proposal for conducting coordination meeting every month under Commissioner/Secretary PWD with nodal officers from BRO, concern district officer and officers from Highway department.
This would be in addition to the quarterly meetings being conducted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary on the road and highway issues. He further assured to depute nodal officers from land department, forest, mines and minerals and also from the CMO to deal with BRO and Defence issues.
On the compensation row, CM called for a uniform rate to be followed.
To speed up all the pending works of highways, the chief minister said he will personally call on the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the defence ministry for all necessary support required for BRO.