Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has urged the government officials to fast track execution of all highway projects in the state by speeding up all the process like land execution, forest clearance and floating tenders.
Expressing concern on the delay in execution of various road projects particularly the Trans-Arunachal Highway project, especially on the Potin-Pangin stretch, the chief minister during a review meeting here yesterday, requested the union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) representatives to convey the need and urgency of the highway projects to their authorities so that approvals and sanctions are granted as early as possible.
While discussing on the 4-lane Hollongi to Banderdewa road, Khandu asked the Highway departmental officials to continuously follow up with the Concessionaire so that the Phase A of the sanctioned project is completed on time.
He also requested the MoRTH to complete the sanctioning process for the Phase B and C as soon as possible, an official communiqué informed here today.
“The state government is drawing flaks from the people for the Potin-Pangin stretch of TAH and the 4-lane road in the state capital. We should take these criticisms in the right sense and tighten up our belts. Citizens cannot be allowed to suffer for no fault of theirs,” he said.
To the delay caused in some portions of the highway projects due to land acquisition, Khandu asserted that at works must begin on the stretches where 80 per cent acquisition has already been done.
He said the entire project should not get stuck due to problems in few stretches and assured full cooperation from the state government. The chief minister directed the deputy commissioners to follow up with the Concessionaires and resolve all issues faced by them in executing the projects.