Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inspected the ongoing work on the construction of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at its permanent site in Jote.
Speaking with the institute officials and engineers of construction agency Hindustan Prefab Limited, the Chief Minister sought their suggestions on how the state government could help put the ongoing works on fast track.
The construction work for the institute began in 2012 with fund estimate of Rs 800 crore and was suppose to complete by 2015. Due to delay, the work cost escalated and a revised DPR was submitted. However, since last 8 months, there have been no funds made available by the centre for the ongoing work, informed the officials. So far, all necessary works of site development is complete and the institute has operating classes of Mechanical Engineering department.
Also the officials informed that remoteness, poor road connectivity, incomplete works on hostel buildings, medical facilities and several engineering blocks including absence of mobile and internet connectivity were few impediments for the institute to be fully functional. Due to such poor facilities, the students and the faculty members were facing great difficulties.
The Chief Minister assured that the matter will be taken up with the HRD Ministry in his next visit in New Delhi. He also asked the institute officials to make detail report on the status of works to be presented to the ministry.
Observing that present road connecting Jote and Itanagar (40km) is a village road, the CM promised to build a 2-lane highway over it to provide easy access to state capital. Putting road as his ‘top priority’, the Chief Minister urged cooperation of the people and requested them not to create hindrances on work in future by making inflated claims of compensation.
Also interacting with the land donors of the institute and the villagers, the CM assured them that all benefits liable to them will be provided. Health Minister Jomde Kena added that once the NIT is fully functional, the villagers will benefit a lot as land value will increase and scope for commercial activities will improve. He appreciated the land donors for donating land of 301 acre for NIT, which is of national importance.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also visited the government law college at Jote village accompanied by Secretary Sports Dani Salu. The PWD officials welcomed the CM at the newly constructed college building where he inspected the court room, academic buildings, classrooms, faculty rooms etc. The officials informed that all construction work for the college is complete and only works for water and power connectivity remains.