ITANAGAR, Sept 25 - Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has requested Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari to sanction the 407-km Potin-Pangin Road (NH-13) and release funds for the ongoing projects.
Mein made the request during the review of the NH projects at a high-level meeting which was chaired by the Union Minister in Meghalaya today.
He also submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister urging him for early sanction of Lalpul-Manmao-Changlang and Longding-Tissa-Khonsa roads.
The Deputy CM also pleaded the Centre to sanction �remaining� funds of Rs 103.99 crore out of Rs 113 crore which is required for permanent restoration of road infrastructure damaged by landslides and floods during the year 2017-18. Mein further requested the Union Minister for formal declaration of four state roads as national highways namely, Akajan�Likabali�Bame (120 Km), Margherita-Changlang (44 Km), Daporijo-Gerukamukh-Dollungmukh-Gogamukh (125 Km), which are under Green Field Alignment and Tezu-Chapakhawa road via Sunpara (59 Km) which were earlier approved in principle as national highways.
In the meeting, the proposed Arunachal Frontier Highway was also discussed other than the issues and problems in connection with the executing agencies and the contractors.
Giving a patient hearing, Gadkari said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways wants to execute the road projects rapidly in the frontier state to bring in connectivity to the remote places, accelerate socio-economic development for the people of the state. However, he said that due to some problems with regard to land acquisitions, forest clearance and other issues, execution of many important projects are getting over delayed causing a huge loss and embarrassment to the Ministry.
He asked the Arunachal Government to expedite the land acquisition, forest clearance and other issues in the state saying that the Ministry will not take time to sanction the projects that are free from any encumbrance.
He further assured to sanction all the pending projects after getting 100 per cent land acquisition and to declare the proposed National Highways once the ongoing NH projects are successfully implemented.