Source: News Bharati English27 Jun 2016 16:51:06

Itanagar, June 27: In wake of developing the infrastructure in the state, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Friday inspected the National Highway-415 from Itanagar to Banderdewa and took stock of the unfavourable road conditions caused due to water-logging. Pul looked into measures to prevent damaging effects of water and during the inspection came across various malpractices that aggravated the damaging effects of water on the pavements. It was observed that the newly repaired highway had developed many pavement distresses, including cracking with occurrences of potholes.To ease traffic congestion in Naharlagun, Pul informed that Lummer Dai road would be developed to facilitate flow of traffic through that road. To prevent accidents along the Itanagar-Naharlagun road, he instructed the department to install convex safety mirror on hair pin bends for clear sight of incoming vehicles from opposite side.

The Chief Minister instructed Chief Engineer (Highway) Bora Ete and Chief Estate Officer Talo Potom, who also accompanied him, to remove all cement culverts causing flood on the highway and replace it with cattle trapping facility. He instructed that wherever road diversion is constructed by the land occupants, the cattle trapping facility is to be constructed by the occupants themselves. Pul further took serious note of rampant earth-cuttings on the hill sides outside the RoW. Debris from such earth-cuttings flowed down the roads during rainy days causing damage to the pavements.

Pul also suggested measures for maintenance of drainage system and instructed that drains should have outlets at regular intervals to prevent flooding of water without which water volume gets bigger and it overflows towards the road. He also noted that existing drain walls were above the pavement level that prevented water to flow towards the drain, media agency The Arunachal Times reported.

He instructed on reconstruction and correction of all such existing drains and directed that wherever there is no drainage facility, it should be immediately constructed. He also directed that 24×7 surveillance and clearance of drainage should be made and asked the department to engage labourers and to personally supervise and take stock of situation regularly.