A review meeting in connection to the progress and status of construction work on the Itanagar-Banderdewa section of National Highway-415 (Package –A) was held at the chief minister’s office (CMO) in Itanagar on Thursday.

The meeting, attended by the officers of the highway department, discussed the ways for early completion of the project.

The project that started in September 2017 had a completion target of September 2020, however, the Covid-19 pandemic and long drawn out monsoon has hampered the progress of work suffered, a press release from the CMO said.

“Despite all odds, the physical achievement reported as on September 1 is 72.46 per cent,” the release said.

“The formation cutting of earthwork has been completed throughout the stretch of the road except for a small patch, which has been kept intentionally near Shiv Mandir for filling up the Culvert Bridge in between Shiv Mandir and Dree ground,” it added.

It was further informed that other works like protection walls, drains and cover drains, culverts and carpeting of roads will be taken up in earnest to be completed during the coming working season.

“With the relaxation of SOPs, the concessionaire is bringing in more labourers from nearby states to increase the pace of the execution of the project,” the CMO said.

The state government had sanctioned Rs 82.85 crore for repair of roads and maintenance of bridges in and around the capital region for which tender process has been completed.

Accordingly, the highway department has been directed to take up the work on a mission mode and strictly adhere to the timeline as planned and targeted by them for early completion of the project, it further said.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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