Itanagar: Work on the Itanagar-Banderdewa 4-lane highway (NH-415) is proceeding at a fast speed to ease the nagging traffic congestion in the State Capital Complex.
The concrete road divider and a part of the four-lanning are being built simultaneously. Project manager, Pranjal Hatimata, informed that about fifty per cent of the NH-415 has been completed with about 120 labourers, supervisors and operators under the supervision of engineers have been working on three shifts.
The State Government, to address the problem of traffic congestion, had signed an agreement on May 22, 2017, with Naharlagun-based road builder M/s T K Engineering Consortium Pvt Ltd (TKE) to execute the 10.9-km Chandranagar-Papu Nallah (Jully tri-junction) stretch on engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) mode, including design chainage 29/500 to 40/400 (Itanagar-Bandredewa section) under 2016-17 plan of package-A. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who had flagged off the 10.9-km Chandranagar-Papu Nallah work at Chandranagar on September 21, 2017, during a review meeting with the State highway officials and the TKE in his office last year had expressed dissatisfaction over poor work progress and asked the TKE to expedite the process. Though Itanagar was developed by former development commissioner KA Raja in 1971, vehicular movement off late has been causing chronic traffic jams. The rising number of four-wheelers and two-wheelers has been intensifying the menace for commuters.
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