Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa on Tuesday called for speedy completion of the proposed 1,800-km Frontier Highway which will run parallel to the Indo-China border, as also the 1575-km Trans-Arunachal Highway and the 431-km East-West Industrial Corridor, in order to accelerate the pace of development in the frontier state.
“The 1,800-km Frontier Highway, which will run parallel to the Indo-China border and the proposed 431-km East-West Industrial Corridor along the Assam border will definitely boost the State’s economy and revolutionize the road connectivity in the state in coming years. The two-lane Trans-Arunachal Highway, when completed, will link the easternmost and westernmost points of the state and act as the backbone of road network,” Rajkhowa said unfurling the national flag in the Republic day function in Itanagar.
Rajkhowa, however, lamented that the state was lacking in good air, road and rail connectivity and blamed, among others, the tough terrain and overall neglect of the authorities for it. “Owing to its vastness, and tough geographical terrain, and overall neglect of the authorities, over the years, my state lacks in desired air, road and rail connectivity,” he said.
“The pace of implementation of these road projects needs to be expedited, for which, I urge upon the people and the government to sort out the issues of land acquisition, forest clearances, logistic support, security and law and order on top priority basis,” Rajkhowa added.
The governor said he had already taken up the issues regarding roads, including 12 old inter-state roads originally developed and maintained by the North-Eastern Council (NEC) with Union Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari, and that of the 160-km Stilwel Road with the MEA.
Regarding air connectivity, Governor Rajkhowa said he had already taken up with the union civil aviation minister for expediting the capital airport project at at Hollongi or Karsingsa-Banderdewa, based on techno-economic-social and environmental considerations and start early implementation. “I have also taken up with the Centre for sanctioning three to four other airports in the state, considering its vastness and inaccessibility,” he said, also pointing out that the NEC-funded Tezu airport was being developed and a greenfield airport project for the state was under process.
He also said that seven Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) were coming up, which are proposed to be used for civilian purposes too, which would immensely benefit people in the far-flung areas. “I have also requested the Centre for providing funds to upgrade at least 26 helipads in the state,” he said.