FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Jan 23: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister bam Tuki has expressed disappointment over the move of the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) to shift its Regiol Office (RO) from Itagar to Tezpur in Assam.
In a letter to Union MoRTH Minister Nitin Gadkari, Tuki mentioned that this unilateral decision of the Ministry to move out the RO to Tezpur is contrary to the long term interests of the success of important ongoing road projects in the state, especially those under the ambitious Trans Aruchal Highway Package.
“This move has come at a time, when the Prime Minister has time again reiterated the commitment of the NDA Government towards the overall development of the North Eastern Region with added emphasis on improving connectivity. Your good self was also kind enough to highlight this during your visit to the state a few months ago. This kind of a unilateral action is contrary to the spirit of this commitment,” the letter said.
“You would appreciate that it is imperative that a project like the Trans Aruchal Highways - notwithstanding its scale and importance - be effectively monitored regularly by a nodal arm of the MoRTH. The RO at Itagar was operating with this mandate and taking care of the several issues related to the same in coordition with the implementing agencies of the State Government. I am apprehensive that the shifting of the RO to Tezpur can potentially jeopardise the interests of the Trans Aruchal Highways project and also other important road projects in the state,” the letter added.
The chief minister requested Gadkari to review this decision on priority, an official communiqué informed.