ITANAGAR: In a major boost to connectivity in the frontier state, the Arunachal Pradesh government has given approval for the construction of a huge 1,748-km-long Frontier Highway, which will link the state’s West Kameng district to the Changlang district, situated in the eastern part of the state.
Arunachal’s regions bordering China, Myanmar, and Bhutan will be connected by the proposed highway, enhancing connectivity and making the region more accessible.
Meanwhile, the Trans Arunachal Highway, stretching over 1,811 km, is nearing completion, confirmed a senior engineer from the Highways (PWD) department of the Arunachal Pradesh government.
Significant progress is expected in the region’s infrastructure development, with the focus now shifting to the Frontier Highway and inter-connectivity corridor projects, recently approved by the central government.
Starting from Bomdila in West Kameng, the Frontier Highway will cover areas which share borders with China and Bhutan, before concluding along the Myanmar border at Vijaynagar in Changlang.
Construction of the highway, spanning a distance of 1,748 km, will be monitored by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), in collaboration with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the Border Road Organisation, and the state PWD.
The MoRTH has identified six interconnectivity corridors to link National Highway-15 in Assam with the Trans Arunachal Highway (NH-13) and the proposed Frontier Highway (NH-913), in a bid to bolster connectivity in the northeast.
Smoother transportation and faster economic growth in the region will be facilitated by this strategic network of roads.
The progress of various road projects undertaken by the state departments of Highways, Public Works, Rural Works, and Urban Development was given a comprehensive look by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
Khandu stressed the importance of sticking to high-quality standards and completion in time, urging the Chief Engineers of all zones and divisions, to ensure that Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) are compiled with accurate budget estimates.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju recently chaired a meeting with officials from the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) headed by the CMD Chanchal Kumar to review the progress of ongoing highway projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
As many as 20 projects are ongoing, of which five projects have attained more than 95 per cent progress and five projects are nearing 90 per cent of completion, NHIDCL said.