Itagar, Mar 17: Aruchal Pradesh PWD Minister Gojen Gadi on Monday turned down three projects out of eight un-awarded Trans-Aruchal Highway projects after officials from the Union ministry of road transport and highway (MoRTH) during a meeting at New Delhi on informed that five projects have already been earmarked for tiol Highway Infrastructure Development Construction Limited (NHIDC).
Insisting for awarding all eight projects to the state PWD, Gadi said that with seven working months in a year, the ministry would take another two years for beginning the work while he assured to complete the projects within three years if awarded, an official communiqué said here today.
Gadi turned down three projects and asked the officials to shoulder the responsibility for timely completion of all eight projects.
With the condition of all roads, handed by the PWD and BRO to the MoRTH, has gone from bad to worse causing hardship for the commuters, Gadi reasoned that any further delay to resume work would be testing the patience of the people.
He cited the example of 407-km Potin-Pangin road which has been inorditely delayed by the MoRTH to drive home his point.
The officials ultimately relented but left the decision at minister’s level to Gadi, who however got the assurance from Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to pursue MoRTH Minister Nitin Gadkari so that the manpower of the state PWD could be fully utilised, the communiqué said.
Gadi also requested to grant tiol highway status to the proposed 2000-km road from Tawang to Vijaygar and 431-km East-West Industrial Corridor Highway along the foothill areas from Bhairabkund to Rukshin and facilitate sanction for the consultancy services to begin work.
However, Rijiju has reportedly directed the officers for the paper work for the union minister who may announce the decision during his proposed visit to Itagar in April next, the communiqué added.