In a landmark development, the long overdue project of Four Laning of Itanagar to Banderdewa (NH-415), 31.5 Km got cleared from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways today when Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister MoRTH Nitin Gadkari and pitched for clearing the important project which had been lying pending for long.
Union Minister instantly cleared the project and strictly instructed the NHIDCL to immediately start the work on this prime project which happens to be the lifeline of the denizens of capital dwellers and visitors.
On the request of CM for maintenance of capital roads, Gadkari issued strict directives to the NHIDCL to repair the roads on timely manner and make it round the year motorable. The NHIDCL shall repair and maintain the capital roads till the much awaited Itanagar-Banderdewa four lane highway comes up which got cleared today. With this development, the state capital will soon see the light of four lane highway which was under the PM’s package but got delayed due to various reasons.
In another important development, the Ministry agreed for declaration of four roads as National Highways. The roads – Akajan-Likabali-Bame (106)Km in West Siang, Margherita-Changlang road- 37 Km in Changlang district, Daporijo to Dollungmukh via Dumporijo along the left bank of Subansiri River -125 Km and Tezu to Chapakhowa via Sunpura shall now have National Highway status and will be looked after by the MoRTH.
During an hour long discussion, Khandu suggested the Ministry to try out use of geo-textile technology to tackle landslides issues of hilly roads. The union minister appreciated the suggestion and assured that such technology would be planned for projects in Arunachal Pradesh on experimental basis. Gadkari further revealed that the Ministry is doing away with bitumen roads which are now being replaced with concrete ones. He informed that the ministry is trying out every possibilities of using advanced technologies to make roads more durable.
CM was accompanied by Deputy CM, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Finance Commissioner, Chief Engineers of PWD and other state government officers during the meeting.