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JJ Singh meets PM on projects

Guwahati/Tezpur, Jan. 15: Arunachal Pradesh governor J.J. Singh has taken up the progress of projects critical to the development of the frontier state as well as its overall security situation during a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi today.

Singh, the former army general, has been undertaking extensive tours of the frontier state, apprised the Prime Minister on the “progress” of the projects under the Prime Minister’s special economic package to Arunachal Pradesh.

Major projects like the trans-Arunachal highway, railway link, four-lane highway, state civil secretariat building and Itanagar water supply project figured prominently during the discussions.

Raj Bhavan sources told The Telegraph that Singh also pushed his pet projects critical for the overall development of the state such as Itanagar Greenfield airport, intra-district roads, border trade and tourism-related projects during the meeting.

Sharing boundary with China, which lays claim on Arunachal as its own territory, special emphasis is being given by both the state government and the Centre to beef up infrastructure.

To expedite the process of development, the Arunachal cabinet, chaired by chief minister Nabam Tuki on January 12, has also approved the creation of four new districts — Namsai, Lower Siang, Middle Siang and Capital.

The cabinet approved for a bypass road from Chimpu to Leki without disturbing the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun.

This step of the government is sure to ease the growing traffic congestion of the capital town in the days to come.

In another development, a five-member inter-ministerial team led by Prafulla Kerketta, joint secretary, ministry of home affairs, today conducted an extensive survey to assess the quantum of damage caused by floods in the East Siang district late last year.

Besides losses in the agricultural sector, widespread damage to livestock, road and irrigation infrastructure were also reported.

“Things are yet to return to normal,” a source said.