Source: News Bharati English05 May 2016 11:43:36

New Delhi, May 5: The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Kalikho Pul met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to follow up on the report of the central team that had visited Arunachal recently at the behest of the PMO. PM Modi assured his continued support and said that the government of India would stand by the people of Arunachal in this difficult time.
Pul also met with union Minister of Home Rajnath Singh to discuss the law and order situation in the state and also to seek support of the home minister in deployment of forces as well as initiating welfare measures for the police personnel. Both the Prime Minister and Home Minister have requested for detailed proposals on the issues raised, to which the CM assured of early submission.

Pul also today called on Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu to discuss on enhancing rail connectivity in the state. The chief minister in his submission urged for rail connectivity to foot-hill towns of Arunachal such as Seijosa, Likabali, Kimin, Parsuram Kund, Roing, Miao, Nampong, Deomali, Kanubari. He said it was essential to have access for the passengers and freight from a single connecting point of that area where the railhead would be available. The railways may initiate feasibility study for rail link of the above locations and later connectivity for the technically feasible projects, urged the CM.

He also asked for extension of rail link from Murkongselek to Pasighat. The Pasighat Township, which is one of the important towns of Arunachal Pradesh, should be connected by the nearest Murkongselek railhead, the CM urged and informed that railway had already done the feasibility study and construction has to be started. In addition, the chief minister asked for new Connectivity to Parshuram Kund as the place being famous for Hindu pilgrimage. He appealed for feasibility study for the project to be initiated on priority by the Ministry of Railways.

The CM also urged for completion of Bogibeel bridge within the stipulated time period as the rail cum road bridge would serve as a life line for connecting east of Arunachal Pradesh to the western part.

In view of the bulk production of the horticulture fruits in the vicinity of Itanagar and being the main market in the State Capital, the CM urged that the transportation of perishable fruits by freezer container service of railways would greatly help the producers for transporting it to Guwahati and other cities in the eastern part of the country at much lesser rates than the road transport.

He also requested for a regular goods service in between Bhalukpong, Tezpur and Guwahati, which would help the transportation of goods both for civilian and armed forces deployed in the western part of the Arunachal Pradesh. Further, Pul appealed for improvement in the quality of existing coaches on intercity trains between Guwahati and Naharlagun and for a day intercity train with AC Chair car.