ITANAGAR, June 10 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh has urged the Union Finance Ministry to give special stress on connectivity as well as development of hydro-power for rapid progress of the state.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made the requests in the Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting convened by the Union Finance ministry yesterday in New Delhi, a communique from the CMO said here.
Tuki drew attention towards the under-construction 1556 KM Tans-Arunachal Highway and requested for adequate funds for timely completion of the crucial strategic road in the state.
He also sought funds to complete the Greenfield Airport in the
state capital for which the Airport Authority of India (AAI) had been preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR).
Highlighting poor telecommunication in the state, Tuki said, "since Arunachal Pradesh has the lowest tele-density in the country, a mission mode project for having 100 per cent mobile connectivity in the state may be taken up in this budget, which will have far reaching benefits."
He also stressed on the importance of development of border areas, which he said, were tied in a vicious cycle of poverty, unemployment, underdevelopment and remoteness.
Stating that special problems in remote border areas cannot be tackled in normal course, he proposed that special mechanisms might be looked into through special 'Start Up Funds' besides enhanced allocation for infrastructure for para-military forces, the communique said.
Drawing attention of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on
the state's resources in hydro-power and tourism, Tuki said hydropower potential of the state could cater to 40 per cent of the energy demand of the nation, if harnessed sustainably.