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Tuki opposes move to shift MoRTH office

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Jan 23 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed deep sense of disappointment over the reported move of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) to shift its regional office (RO) from Itanagar to Tezpur in Assam.

In a letter to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Tuki, presently away in the national capital, mentioned that the �unilateral� decision of the Ministry to move out the RO to Tezpur is contrary to the long term interests of the success of important ongoing road projects in the State, especially those under the ambitious Trans-Arunachal Highway project.

Tuki categorically mentioned in the letter: �This move has come at a time when the Prime Minister has time and again reiterated the commitment of NDA Government towards overall development of North Eastern region with added emphasis on improving connectivity.

�Your good self was also kind enough to highlight this during your visit to the State a few months ago. This kind of unilateral action is contrary to the spirit of this commitment�, the letter said. It further read, �I am apprehensive that the shifting of the RO to Tezpur can potentially jeopardise the interests of the Trans-Arunachal Highway project and also other important road projects in the State.�

The Chief Minister also requested Gadkari to review the decision on priority.

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