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Fund crunch delays completion of Balipara-Charduar-Tawang Road

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ITANAGAR, Aug 28 - With the inordinate delay in completion of the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) Road becoming a cause of concern for the people of Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng districts, the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly was today informed by the State Government that �fund constraints and delay in obtaining forest clearance� have become hurdles in this respect.

With a total length of 317.52 km, the BCT Road is being built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) under the National Highway Double Lane (NHDL) specifications.

As per information received from BRO authorities, the main reasons for the delay in completion of the road are fund constraints and delay in forest clearance, stated Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein while replying to a supplementary question raised by senior BJP member Japu Deru during the Question Hour.

�The inadequate status of funds has been the main impediment for the last 10 years in completion of the BCT Road, coupled with the delay in forest clearance and finalisation of land acquisition at many stretches including the Dirang by-pass and Jung town area,� stated Mein, who is also the Minister in charge of the Public Works Department. �The fund allotment pattern for the BCT Road for the last 10 years has been meagre, which has improved only during the last two years,� he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister, however, stated that the forest clearance for a 38-km stretch from the 50- to 88-km point was received in 2016.

�The road is now planned to be completed by December 2021 for which approximately a sum of Rs 1,300 crore is required,� Mein told the House. He added that the amount is for land acquisition and construction of major bridges along the road, excluding the cost of construction of the Sela Tunnel.

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Fund crunch delays completion of Balipara-Charduar-Tawang Road

ITANAGAR, Aug 28 - With the inordinate delay in completion of the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) Road becoming a cause of concern for the people of Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng districts, the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly was today informed by the State Government that �fund constraints and delay in obtaining forest clearance� have become hurdles in this respect.

With a total length of 317.52 km, the BCT Road is being built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) under the National Highway Double Lane (NHDL) specifications.

As per information received from BRO authorities, the main reasons for the delay in completion of the road are fund constraints and delay in forest clearance, stated Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein while replying to a supplementary question raised by senior BJP member Japu Deru during the Question Hour.

�The inadequate status of funds has been the main impediment for the last 10 years in completion of the BCT Road, coupled with the delay in forest clearance and finalisation of land acquisition at many stretches including the Dirang by-pass and Jung town area,� stated Mein, who is also the Minister in charge of the Public Works Department. �The fund allotment pattern for the BCT Road for the last 10 years has been meagre, which has improved only during the last two years,� he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister, however, stated that the forest clearance for a 38-km stretch from the 50- to 88-km point was received in 2016.

�The road is now planned to be completed by December 2021 for which approximately a sum of Rs 1,300 crore is required,� Mein told the House. He added that the amount is for land acquisition and construction of major bridges along the road, excluding the cost of construction of the Sela Tunnel.

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