ARUNACHAL NEWS

Khandu to take up road issue with Centre

Our Correspondent
Itanagar, May 30: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has assured to take up Bomjir-Paglam road project in Lower Dibang Valley district with the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) to be included under highway project.

Stating that compensation demand should not become a hurdle in completion of the project, Khandu said the road is of vital importance as it can change the economic scenario of the area.

On his second day of visit to the district, the chief minister yesterday inspected the flood protection site at Patsing situated near the 14 km point of state’s longest bridge over river Dibang, an official communiqué informed here today.

Since last two years, the Dibang River that flows near Bomjir village had washed away more than 100 metres of the riverbank inundating the farmland and also posing threat to the Dibang Bridge, according to the officials here.

The chief minister accompanied by WRD Parliamentary Secretary Gum Tayeng, administrative and departmental officials undertook a 30-minute jeep ride from national highway towards the riverbank to assess the damage of the nearby farmlands.

Earlier, Khandu also drove along the 45-km Bomjir-Paglam road and inspected the Sissiri River site that cuts through the road.

Later in his visit to the town, the chief minister inaugurated the BJP mandal office of Dambuk Assembly constituency. He also laid the foundation stone for Govt Hr Sec School, 100-bedded girls’ hostel and Baane Gidii Notko.

Addressing a public meeting, Khandu appreciated the Parliamentary Secretary for taking out timely measure in mitigating flood by constructing flood protection work at the Patsing site. He assured to fund the phase II of the flood protection work with further assurance to take up the project with the Centre in composite way.

Khandu also assured to expedite the works for highway from ‘zero point’ to Sissar along Dambuk-Pasighat highway. He informed that land compensation matter is completed and contractors will be asked to carry out work as soon as possible.

On demand for stationing of paramilitary force in Dambuk area to check intrusion of anti-social elements from neighboring state, the CM assured to hold talks with state DGP for stationing of state police battalion. He further informed that state government is taking all measures to strengthen law & order in the state.

To strengthen the civil police department, the chief minister informed that state government is creating more than 1000 posts under various categories. Also a permanent high court in the state will be established soon, he informed.