Itanagar: The two-lanning of Joram Koloriang road from km 20 to 32.05 and km 32.05 to 44 under the ambitious Trans Arunachal Highway in Arunachal Pradesh was flagged off on Saturday by Home Minister Bamang Felix along with Education Minister Taba Tedir, Agriculture Minister Tage Taki and Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung at Talo Village (Jalvi) in Lower Subansiri district.
“Lives have been lost and economy of these areas crippled due to the bad roads and communication bottlenecks. Let us all rise above our petty greed and extend our wholehearted support to the engineers and the contractors who have assured to finish the 24 km stretch of road within two and half years from now,” Felix said while addressing the public.
“The Pema Khandu government will leave no stones unturned to ensure the completion of this road. At the same time the district administration and the police should be more vigilant and identify individuals creating ruckus and hindrance without any fear,” he added.
While asserting to personally monitor the progress of the important road and ensure frequent visits to the camp office at Ziro, Felix urged the authorities of National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) to streamline the earth cutting process, an official release informed.
Felix disclosed that his ministry would soon launch ‘Hamara Arunachal Abhiyaan’ which would involve youths, goanburahs, community based organisations and students to contain law and order issues in the society.
Education Minister Taba Tedir while speaking on the occasion said, “One of the most important point in my election manifesto was the clearance of this road”
“The foundation stone laying ceremony is just the first phase of this project. For this road to be complete all of us will have to extend unconditional support to the companies that will construct the road. Let us all make this a model road,” he added. Agriculture Minister Tage Taki called for a paradigm shift in people’s mindsets and being progressive in thoughts and actions.
“This belt can be the agriculture and horticulture corridor of the state, if this communication bottleneck is cleared,” he said while appealing all to cooperate.
The stretch of the road which was marred with compensation controversies would finally see light of the day with TKE Consortium Pvt. Ltd and Brand Eagles executing the work with technical inputs from HEC in Association with AIPPL. The estimated cost of the stage-I from Joram Koloriang amounts to Rs 103.48 crore and the stage-II would be constructed at the cost of Rs 102.63 crore.
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