Source: News Bharati English22 Jul 2016 15:38:15

Itanagar, July 22: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu convened a high level meeting comprising of Chief Secretary, Commissioners, Secretaries, District Administration and high ranking officials of PWD Highways on Thursday to discuss the status of Trans Arunachal Highway and Itanagar-Banderdewa Four-Lane Highway.For boosting economy of the state, Khandu asked the Itanagar Capital Complex, District Administration to expedite the land acquisition process of 31.50km 4-Lane Highway from Banderdewa to Chandranagar, Itanagar. The CM also instructed the DC, Sandeep Kr Singh, Chief Estate Officer, Talo Potom and the officials of PWD Highways to make thorough study and survey of the route keeping in mind the guidelines of the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MORTH), Govt of India.

The CM further suggested them to find out ways so that minimum damage is made to the public and private properties and at the same time to fulfil the MORTH criteria. He further advised them to make no discrimination in case of eviction and to treat all the affected people equally. As the widening of the road would require eviction in the buildup areas as well as land acquisition in aligning the 4-Lane Highway, he asked them to explore all negotiation process, to convince the project affected people by involving local representatives and Itanagar Municipal Councils. 

The CM also asked the Chief Secretary to immediately resolve the impending issues with regard to land acquisition process awaited in execution of Trans-Arunachal Highways in some areas with due consultation with the district administration by taking the local representatives and people in to confidence, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

Attending the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein suggested for taking affected people’s confidence in execution of the National Highways. Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin while briefing the Chief Minister about the Banderdewa to Chandranagar 4-Lane Highway project appraised that the DPR for the project has already been submitted to the GoI. She informed that there is no provision of compensation for the area falling under notified 30 mtrs Right of Way (ROW) as per the MORTH guidelines. However, she said that govt will give enough time for representing the grievances of the affected people and compensation would be provided as per the govt guidelines. She suggested that open space for avenue plantation, cycling corridor and walking path should be kept along the National Highway for beautification.

The Chief Secretary also informed that the state having very low Road Density of 25.74 km roads per 100 sq. km needs good quality road to connect the district headquarters and remote border areas. With this purpose, the state govt is proposing a Frontier Highway running parallel to the Trans-Arunachal Highway at 4000-5000 mtrs above the mean sea level. She informed that this highway would connect border CD Blocks covering 1856 remote villages of the state.

 Besides providing security and confidence for both the civilian and defence personnel along the border, this road will also boost tourism sector in the state. Requesting the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Defence Ministry, Govt of India, she said that the road would facilitate development in these areas and would also help minimize migration of people from the border areas that leaves it unguarded.