FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, May 23: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Sunday visited the accident site at Pachin River where nine-year-old Tarh Peeju of Jollang Village lost her life while saving her two friends who were drowning in the river on May 19 last.
The chief minister visited her house to offer his floral tribute. He mourned her death and prayed for eterl peace to the departed soul and wished that she continue to be as generous in other worlds too.
Considering the gravity of the matter and being informed by the villagers that frequent accident occur in the river as agriculture fields of the entire villagers located across the river, Pul announced to construct a hanging bridge over the river at the site of accident, an official report said here today.
The chief minister after making thorough survey of the river course and considering the importance of connectivity of the villages across the river also announced to construct a permanent bridge in the upper stream which would connect Gomi and Gote villages and the agricultural fields situated across the river.
Pul after inspecting the sites instructed the PWD Capital Division (B) executive engineer Ta Nekam Tara to prepare the DPR for the hanging bridge, permanent motorable bridge and the approach roads to these bridges and to submit it within one month.
He also instructed the engineer to immediately repair the existing hanging bridge over the river which was in poor condition. Jollang Anchal Samiti Member Biri Rupa bum apprised the chief minister about the urgency of the bridges and thanked him for his visit and the assurance.
While finding illegal quarrying going in rampant on the back side of Central Jail at Pachin River, Pul instructed to stop the quarrying from the site immediately as it was found that due to illegal quarrying and rampant cutting of river bed from JCB for the quarrying purpose, the river is changing its course day by day eroding the nearby land. It was observed that even the protection wall of the Central Jail is in danger of collapse. He warned them of strict action, if quarrying is not stop immediately in the site. The chief minister accompanied by Planning Secretary Joram Beda also visited a lake at Jullang, located opposite Art of Living Centre. He lauded the initiative taken by Tarh Hari, executive engineer of Hydro Power, who is a local resident of the area, in his efforts to maintain and develop the lake into a tourist resort.
He opined that the lake and its adjoining area provide a scope to be developed in to a beautiful tourist resort. He asked the accompanying secretary to propose a scheme to develop the lake into a tourist resort. He also asked to construct foot tracks of concrete cement or flat stones with wooden cover for tracking on the hills and plateaus nearby. He said that the foot tracks be made two ways, one for the uphill and another for the downhill and to provide railing on both sides with a divider in the centre, the report added.