The Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Chemical& Fertilizers Mansukh Lal Mandaviya has stressed upon the Central Government’s commitment to build high class road infrastructure in the North Eastern states of the country. Speaking to mediapersons in Itanagar, he said that of the total 2,570 km roads sanctioned for the state, 653 km have been completed and 1,917 km are under progress.
Out of this total length, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will build 710 km, state PWD will construct 420 km, NHIDCL 722 km and Border Roads Organization 718 km. The ongoing projects and their costs are 250 km Nechipu-Hoj (Rs 1985 crore); 20 km Dibang-Alubari river bridge system (Rs 860 crore); 75 Km Pasighat-Pangin (Rs 500 crore) and 12 km Itanagar-Naharlagun 4 laning (Rs 250 crore). The Minister said that building of road infrastructure in the state would herald a new era of socio-economic development.
On a two day visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the Minister inspected the Pappu-Yupia-Hoj-Potin section of NH 713 A and Potin-Ziro section of NH-13. He also spoke to senior officials from the department .
The 50 km long Pappu-Yupia-Hoj-Potin section of NH 713 A has been damaged at about 30-35 spots as a result of heavy rains and consequent landslides since April. Two laning of the road through the state PWD was completed in March this year, and the Ministry is now required to take it over for maintenance purposes. Mandaviya inspected several of the damaged locations and expressed serious concern at the condition of the highway. He directed concerned officials to take urgent remedial measures at these sites. He also stressed that guidance should be sought from expert agencies for making use of appropriate technology for hillside maintenance and slope stability as a long term measure.