Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu asked the District Administration of Itanagar Capital Complex to expedite the land acquisition process of 31.50 km 4-Lane Highway from Banderdewa to Chandranagar (Itanagar). CM had convened a high level meeting comprising of Chief Secretary, Commissioners, Secretaries, District Administration and high ranking officials of PWD Highways today to discuss the status of Trans Arunachal Highway and Itanagar-Banderdewa four-lane highway.
Pema instructed the Deputy Commissioner, Sandeep Kr Singh, Chief Estate Officer Talo Potom and the officials of PWD Highways to make thorough study and survey of the route keeping in mind the guidelines of the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MORTH), Govt of India.
As the widening of the road would require eviction in the build up areas as well as land acquisition in aligning the 4-lane highway, he asked them to explore all negotiation process, to convince the project affected people by involving local representatives and Itanagar Municipal Councils. He further suggested them to find out ways so that minimum damage is made to the public and private properties and at the same time to fulfil the criteria of the MORTH. He further advised them to make no discrimination in case of eviction and to treat all the affected people equally.
Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin while briefing the Chief Minister about the Banderdewa to Chandranagar 4-lane highway project appraised that the DPR for the project has already been submitted to the GoI. She informed that there is no provision of compensation for the area falling under notified 30 metres Right of Way (ROW) as per the MORTH guidelines. However, she said that govt will give enough time for representing the grievances of the affected people and compensation would be provided as per the govt guidelines. She suggested that open space for avenue plantation, cycling corridor and walking path should be kept along the National Highway for beautification.
She also informed that state having very low Road Density of 25.74 km roads per 100 Sq Km needs good quality road to connect the district headquarters and remote border areas. With this purpose, the state govt is proposing a Frontier Highway running parallel to the Trans-Arunachal Highway at 4000-5000 metre above the mean sea level. She informed that this highway would connect Border CD Blocks covering 1856 remote villages of the state. Besides providing security and confidence for both the civilian and defence personnel along the border, this road will also boost tourism sector in the state. Requesting the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Defence Ministry, Govt of India, she said that the road would facilitate development in these areas and would also help minimize migration of people from the border areas that leaves it unguarded.
She also apprised him about the progress of Trans-Arunachal Highway and further informed that the land acquisition is under process for 407 km NH-13 Potin to Pangin (BoT road) and the conflicting compensation issue would be resolved soon.
Joram Beda, Secretary Planning, Sandeep Kr Singh, DC ICC, Talo Potom, CEO cum ADM ICC and S Sumyan, SE (PWD Highway) presented the details regarding progress of 4-Lane Highway and TAH. Satya Gopal, Principal Secretary, Ashish Kundra, Commissioner Development & Finance and Sonam Chombay, Secretary to Chief Minister also attended the meeting.