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Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra on Thursday reviewed the progress of the strategic 157.56-km-long Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana road which connects Miao with Vijaynagar, the remotest tehsil of Changlang district.

Present in the meeting were rural works department (RWD) minister Honchun Ngandam, urban development minister Kamlung Mosang and RWD chief engineer Doli Nyodu.

During the meeting, the Governor appreciated the engineers of the RWD and the people involved in the road construction for the significant progress made so far.

“The construction of the said road will go a long way in ensuring territorial integrity and national security. The road, once connected will bring development and prosperity in this remote area of state and at the same time, it will help in protection and preservation of the treasured flora and fauna of Namdapha National Park,” the Governor said.

Mishra said with the completion of the road project, the tourism potential of the area will be harnessed to its full potential.

“Such activities will not only boost the economy of the State but also bring prosperity to local communities,” he said and urged the people involved in the project to go extra mile for its early completion.

Earlier, ministers Ngandam and Mosang and the RWD chief engineer apprised the Governor about the progress of the road project.

They also shared details regarding the steps taken for making it an all-weather road.

At present, it takes around seven to 10 days on foot through dense forests to reach the isolated region of Vijaynagar which is nestled in the Himalayas along the India-Myanmar border.

The circle is surrounded on three sides by Myanmar and the other side by a vast and thick forest of Namdapha National Park.

Spread across 8,000 square kilometres, Vijaynagar is unique for many reasons.

It was discovered by the Assam Rifles paramilitary force during an expedition named Srijit II in 1961 under Major General A S Guraya, IG of Assam Rifles.

The valley was later named by him after his son.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com