ITANAGAR, Sept 22 - Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has assured to speed up the sanction of the Itanagar-Banderdewa four-lane highway project. The assurance came when Arunachal Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein called on him in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Mein requested for early sanction of special repair estimate of Itanagar-Banderdewa road which has been submitted to Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. In response, the Union Minister asked senior officers of the Ministry to examine the case for its early approval.
State Chief Minister Pema Khandu had earlier submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Mansukh Mandaviya during his recent visit to Itanagar, demanding the declaration of four roads as National Highways, namely Akajan-Likabali-Bame road (106 km), Margherita-Changlang (37 km), Daporijo to Dollungmukh via Dumporijo along the left bank of Subansiri river (125 km) and Tezu to Chapakhowa via Sunpura (20 km).
In this regard, Gadkari informed the Deputy CM that the Union Government is actively considering the proposal for declaring the roads as NH and the same will be examined and considered.
Mein also requested the Union Minister to allocate a maintenance fund of Rs 10 crore for the maintenance and repair works of NH 13 - Potin to Ziro. Mandaviya had earlier announced an allocation of Rs 10 crore for maintenance of Potin to Bopi road (157 km).
Mein also requested for sanction of projects under Central Road Fund (CRF), Economic Importance (EI) and Inter State Connectivity (ISC) to which the Union Minister assured for approval in accordance with the funds earmarked under the respective heads for current financial year.