Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) K T Parnaik on Friday said that in the past seven years, the state has witnessed a substantial surge in road infrastructure with 65 per cent increase in road density, 64 per cent expansion in road length and the construction of an extensive 19,863 km road network.
Addressing the 71st Plenary of North Eastern Council (NEC) at Shillong, the governor said that while good progress has been made in the hinterland, issues related to forest clearance need to be speeded up. Parnaik added that the region has made substantial investments in enhancing air connectivity.
“In addition to the Greenfield Donyi Polo Airport at Hollongi, the state boasts operational airports at Pasighat, Tezu and Ziro, along with seven advanced landing grounds (ALGs) and 25 operational helipads,” he said. Notably, the state was honoured with the ‘Best Emerging State in Aviation Sector’ award at the Wings India-2022 Conference, he added.
The Governor informed that to counter unlawful activities in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of the state, the security structures are being beefed up and coordinated, but it requires additional assistance from the military and para military forces.
He informed that army and para military forces have forged excellent relations with the local population and have been assisting them to overcome local challenges through Sadbhavna activities.
“The State government is cultivating a vibrant start-up ecosystem, while taking advantage of our skilled and talented youth. The government aims to empower the youth, transforming them into entrepreneurs and become job creators rather than job seekers,” he added.
Parnaik expressed gratitude to the union government for providing the state with the invaluable opportunity of hosting the G20 and C20 meetings to showcase various tribal cultures, arts and innovations by budding innovators were greatly appreciated by all delegates.
The governor said that the state is aiming to attain saturation of flagship priority schemes, while working diligently to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are covered by the target dates, in keeping with the ambitious vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“During the next twenty-five years of ‘Amrit Kaal’, Arunachal Pradesh is committed to doing its utmost to contribute to the nation’s journey of becoming ‘Viksit Bharat’ by 2047,” he added. The event was chaired by union Home Minister Amit Shah.