Pul bats for road connectivity; assures completion of Banderdewa-Itanagar road in a year’s time

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Itanagar, March 1:  To boost infrastructure in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul said that the state government will maintain the stretch of road from Banderdewa to Itanagar and complete the maintenance work of culvert, road of the entire stretch within a year’s time. Pul assured that wherever central support is required, he would approach the Prime Minister and the Union Ministry for funds to complete the projects.
Pul said this while inspecting the National Highway 415 from Chandranagar to Banderdewa on Sunday to take first-hand information about the strategic road connecting the twin capital city of Arunachal Pradesh.

The four lane highway which was planned and designed in the year 2007-2008 didn’t see the light of execution till today due to three major issues: the land acquisition, non earmarking of Right of Way and high cost involvement, said a statement from the CMO as it added that CM was astonished to find out that till today the state government was confused over the actual length of right of way.

In 2001 the right of way was 30 metres while in 2006 it was made 40 metres. In 2013 the cabinet had revised the ROW to 22-24 meters while as per the CPWD manual the actual requirement is 60 meters. The highway engineers however clarified that the present requirement for Itanagar to Banderdewa would be 30 meters in built up area and 40 meters in open area, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

Having an overview of the issues, CM viewed that the state lacked a strong political will to get the projects through. Although national highways are funded by the central government, a collective approach and support from all stakeholder is the need of the hour. He also announced to upkeep of the roads from the vital inter-state check gates upto the district headquarter.

While assuring to maintain all sector roads in 2016, Chief Minister instructed DC to issue an executive order prohibiting dumping of muds on the road. He also asked the DC and SP to do rounds of the capital complex to stop such illegal activities. The contractors or the persons digging or bulldozing muds should clear the debris so that the road is maintained and cleanliness is ensured, he said. CM categorically appealed the denizens to keep the ROW of sectors and highway and support the government in realising the dream of four lane highway.

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