NEW DELHI, Feb 16 � Trying to keep pace with infrastructure developments across the border in China, the Centre has sanctioned funds worth Rs 69.92 crore for up grade of road network in Arunachal Pradesh.
The money has been sanctioned from the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Fund for taking up development work in four districts of the state, official sources said.
The Ministry Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has also sanctioned Rs 48.5 crore to build additional road projects in Arunachal Pradesh. The Ministry has sanctioned projects worth Rs.196.7 crore for development of roads in Arunachal Pradesh during the current financial year, said sources.
The construction of roads on a massive scale on the Chinese side in neighbouring Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has sent alarm bells ringing in New Delhi. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), taking note of the developments, has ordered fast tracking of strategic road projects in the State.
Union Minister of DoNER, Bijoy Krishna Handique, said the Centre was committed towards improving roads and communications in the entire North eastern region, which has suffered because of poor infrastructure. �This is a priority for us, he said.�
Handique further urged governments in all the eight states in to fast-track sanctioned projects for the greater benefit of people.
�We have also requested the Arunachal Government to expedite these projects in the greater interest of connecting the state with the rest of the country. During this financial year alone, about 80 per cent of NLCPR sanctions for Arunachal Pradesh have gone towards development of roads and bridges,� he said.
In the current financial year, about Rs 492.36 crore have been sanctioned for development of road in the eight states of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura.