Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein
Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein duirng the review meeting in Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein has reviewed the status of the 157 km road from Miao to Vijoynagar that is being constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) scheme.

State rural works department minister Honchun Ngandam and state food and civil supplies minister Kamlung Mosang were also present on the occasion.

Mein expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress and undue delay in the completion of the strategic road.

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“The people of Vijaynagar have not received justice as the government has been promising to provide them with all-weather road connectivity since the very beginning of their settlement in the remote administrative headquarter,” said Mein.

While assuring all possible support from the state government, the deputy chief minister directed the executing agencies and the contractors to expedite the construction work of the road by putting all resources together.

According to sources, the 157 km long road was sanctioned in five parts.

The first part was sanctioned in the year 2014 and so far a stretch of 12.50 km under part I and 14.50 km under part II have been complete.

While construction of a stretch of 34 km under part III and another stretch of 80km are underway, the construction of the stretch of road under part V is yet to begin.

Executing agencies have cited the difficult terrains coupled with landslides at several locations, marshy lands, unfavourable climatic conditions and short duration of working period to be the main causes behind the delay in completing the road project.

The agencies and contractors also assured the ministers of completing the road project by December this year.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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