Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has instructed the state public works department (PWD) to take up construction of the state’s first highway, the 25km Gohpur Tinali-Sangdupota road on a priority basis within the current financial year.

The chief minister on Tuesday discussed the construction of the highway with MLA Tana Hali Tara, chief secretary Naresh Kumar, PWD commissioner Kaling Tayeng, planning commissioner Prashant Lokhande and PWD chief engineer Atop Lego during a meeting in Itanagar.

The highway will connect several national and state institutes like the National Institute of Technology, Jarbom Gamlin Law College, a film institute, army cantonment, Women’s College, etc that are being developed in the state.

“A meeting today with PWD to expedite work on Arunachal’s 1st state highway, Gohpur Tinali-Sangdupota road (25km). The road will provide connectivity to important institutes like NIT, law college, film institute etc. Thanks to local public for donating land for free for the road,” tweeted Pema Khandu.

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Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein had also recently 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.

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

The contractors and agencies executing the project had said 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 completion of the road.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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