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Mein seeks speedy completion of highway work



 From our correspondent 

Itanagar, Feb 9: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has set March 2019 as the deadline for completion of Package-A of the four-lane work on National Highway-415 from Chandranagar to Banderdewa.
The timeframe was set during a meeting with Regional Officer of MoRTH Itanagar M Riten Kumar Singh, PWD commissioner Bilatee Pertin, and Chief Engineer (Highway) Toli Basar, among others here on Tuesday, an official report stated.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the slow progress of work, Mein asked the contractor to increase the number of machineries and working hours for faster completion. He asked them to work on night shift, especially for the Chandranagar-Raj Bhawan stretch of the road as the area is congested with traffic during the day.
Mein also sought construction of retaining wall in the Secretariat portion before the onset of monsoon and made it clear that that earth-cutting should not lead to damages in landslide-prone areas of the capital city.
Parliamentary Secretary (Highway) Techi Kaso asked the district administration to shift the water pipeline, electric poles, telephone Poles and OFC cables from the Right of Way for smooth construction and to take stringent action against department officers who do not comply.
The executing agency requested total traffic diversion from Chandranagar-Raj Bhawan road during GSB/WBM and BT works for 30 days from February 10.
Mein also held a meeting with Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and other officials on the Potin-Pangin stretch of Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) during the day.
“Potin-Pangin road is one of most important roads in the State, as it is the lifeline for people of five districts – Lower Subansiri, Kamle, Upper Subansiri, West Siang and Siang. This portion is in a deplorable condition without maintenance for the last four years causing hardships for the people,” he said.
The State PWD had handed the road over to MoRTH in 2014 after the latter assured the department concerned of its maintenance and widening. The DCM asked MoRTH to carry out repair works before the onset of monsoon.
Regional Officer of MoRTH said he would convey a message in this regard to the Ministry.
The Chief Secretary asked Singh to give a time-bound action plan for repair and maintenance of Potin-Pangin road. He said the non-maintenance of the road is hampering economic development of the region, the report added.