Chief Minister Kalikho Pul met the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and requested for retention of three strategic roads of Joram-Koloriang (158km), Anini-Meka (235km) and Demwe-Hawai (165km) with Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
These three strategic roads were handed over to the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), which were earlier constructed and maintained by the BRO.
Underlying the importance of these strategic roads, CM said it serve as defence roads. In the event of natural calamities or any law and order issues, BRO with its adequate manpower, machineries and dedicated line of communication was better equipped to handle the situation.
The minister assured to consider the request of the CM, however, appealed the state government to monitor the works of the BRO and to ensure that local people and local contractors are also economically benefitted from the work.
On proposed widening of the existing 2-lane to 4-lane of the Itanagar-Banderdewa section of NH-415, CM requested to keep necessary budget provision in the current financial year.
To ease traffic between Itanagar and Naharlagun, the CM mentioned that the proposal includes a flyover over Naharlagun saying that the road serves as a critical lifeline between the two cities.
He also requested the minister for maintenance of this stretch of road since during monsoon it gets worn down and in several places due to landslides in Kharsingsa area; the entire roads are washed away. Appealing fervently for funds, the CM said the road is the only lifeline of the capital city to which the Minister agreed to help and also for widening of highway to 4-lane road.
The CM further requested for an East-West Industrial Corridor Highway (431km), which will traverse along the border fringe of Assam-Arunachal boundary. For that the government is taking all measures to ensure land availability, the CM informed.
He said this highway would enable people from Arunachal to avoid travelling to Assam to travel in one’s own state. Every time a blockade or social tension in Assam, travellers from Arunachal has to face lots of hardship, said the CM.
Stating that the funds allocation under Central Road Funds (CRF) are guided by accrual and bank of sanction, the CM said the existing criteria did not cater huge funding required for several projects. He requested for increase in allocation of funds under CRF as special case for Arunachal since it has large geographical area.