Gadkari announces road package of Rs 15,000 cr for Arunachal in addition to ongoing road projects

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Itanagar, November 5: While laying foundation stone for the two-lane Akajan-Likabali-Bame road at Likabali, Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday announced road package worth Rs 15,000 crore for Arunachal Pradesh in addition to the various ongoing road projects.  The total stretch of said project is 54 kilometer and will cost Rs 473.89 crore. The project is being executed under SARDP-NE package and is schedule to be completed within next two years.To the thunderous applause of crowd present, Gadkari also declared that in principle his ministry has approved the construction of four-lane Itanagar-Banderdewa road project. "The four-lane road will be of cement concrete. However state government will have to provide land and also submit fresh DPR at the earliest. We are giving top priority to construction of road across the NE states and Arunachal Pradesh will gain most from our initiative.

However there should not be any compromise with the quality," said Gadkari. He also called upon nodal agencies to ensure that wherever it is possible the local contractors should be allotted the work, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

"The qualified local contractors should always be given first preference. We want to make sure that locals enjoy the benefit of development initiatives. But there should not be any compromise with quality and if we notice any shortcoming, we will not hesitate to take harsh step. Road is key to development of any state. Arunachal will need better road for better future," said Gadkari.

 He expressed happiness to know that TK Engineering, an Itanagar based infrastructure company is executing one of the packages of Akajan-Likabali-Bame project and expressed hope that more local contractors will be part of other road projects across the state.  Earlier PWD Minister Gojen Gadi submitted a memorandum to the visiting minister on behalf of the state government.

 Some of the major highlight of memorandum include early sanctioning of Itanagar-Banderdewa four-lane project, fund for maintenance of Potin-Pangin road, improvement of Likabali township road, sanctioning of east-west industrial corridor and frontier highway, etc. Minister for Civil Aviation, Transport and Supply Jomde Kena also spoke on the occasion.

 The said project has been divided into two packages, namely, 2 laning of Akajan Bame road from Km 12 to Km 33 worth Rs 210.5 crore and from Km 33 to Km 65.810 will cost Rs 263.39 crore. Parliamentary Secretary for PWD Alo Libang, officials of PWD, NHIDCL, West Siang DC and SP along with concessionaire of the Akajan-Likabali-Bame road were present on the occasion.

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