Arunachal Governor Rajkhowa calls for quality and durable roads in the state

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Itanagar, July 24: While chairing a high-level meeting at Raj Bhawan to review the road communication in the north eastern state of Aruanchal Pradesh, Governor JP Rajkhowa called for quality and durable roads in the state.

While addressing the meeting, the Governor said that the State of Arunachal Pradesh has huge potential to prosper in tourism and horticulture sectors but due to bad roads, the State has been neither able to fully harness it’s potential in tourism nor economically benefit from its horticultural produces.
Sharing his recent experiences of travelling by road from Guwahati to Itanagar through Hollongi and Gumto and Itanagar-Potin-Ziro, the Governor said that roads are not good and have lots of potholes. There is no drainage system, which adds to its perpetual damage.

Referring to recent road blockage, particularly at Karsingsa, the Governor advised the executing agencies to consult the Central Road Institute, Pune or technical institutes like North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli and Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati to address the perennial challenges. He suggested for an alternate road or a flyover over the sinking zone.

The Governor also expressed his displeasure on the condition of Capital roads. He advised use of latest machines and technologies and suggested that a high-level task force may be formed to address the road conditions, news agency The Aruanchal Times reported.

Advising on the bottlenecks in implementation of road projects, the Governor called for concerted effort of the local public, executing agencies and State and Central Governments. He also suggested that the maintenance cost for fixed duration in the cost of road projects must be included to sort out the issue of maintenance of roads.

Governor informed that he had already taken up with the President of India, Prime Minister and concerned Union Ministers for special consideration on low population based road projects including Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana and construction of bridges of more than 75 meters by the State Department.

State PWD Minister Gojen Gadi appraised that the State Government is committed to provide good roads. He said that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has already instructed him to take all measures to redress the problems of road communication. PWD minister further informed that a bridge has been proposed avoiding the sinking zone in Karsingsa block point.  The PWD minister assured to immediately take up the road in Capital Complex, VKV Chimpu road, Itanagar-Poma road, Gumto Road and Ziro-Potin road. He also assured that seventy percent of the sector roads in the State Capital will be completed within this financial year.

Participating in the discussion, the senior officials of State PWD and RWD, BRO and MoRTH and NHIDCL informed the challenges in road project implementation including short working season, shortfall of labour availability, law and order issue, land acquisition and forest clearance issues. The BRO officials informed that the district administration and forest department are very prompt and helpful but they face problem in collection of aggregates. They also suggested for review of central government expenditure norms for the State owing to the different working season.

 

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