Guwahati, Oct. 3: Union minister for road, transport and highways Oscar Fernandes today said the Centre was committed to the welfare and development of the Northeast and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
Addressing a public rally at the general ground in Sagalee today, Fernandes appreciated the concerns raised by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki regarding development of road infrastructure in the state. Pointing out that roads are the lifeline of the land-locked frontier state, he expressed optimism that his ministry would extend support to the plans and visions of the state government.
The chief minister’s office in a release said the demands placed by Tuki included four-laning of Itanagar-Banderdewa stretch of NH 52A, two-laning of Khonsa-Hukanjuri stretch of NH 315A, two-laning of Sagalee-Mengio road (75km) to connect Lower Subansiri district, two-laning of Margherita-Changlang road (44km) as extension of NH37 to link NH 52B, East-West Industrial Highway from Bhalukpong to Ruksin via -Seijosa-Itanagar-Doimukh-Kimin-Dollungmukh-Likabali-Dipa-Nari and two-lane highways to connect important river basins.
Tuki earlier read out the memorandum for the convenience of the gathering and expressed hope that Fernandes, who has been a “friend, philosopher and guide” for underdeveloped Arunachal Pradesh, would “sympathetically consider” all the demands for development of road infrastructure under various schemes of the Centre.
Immediately after landing at Sagalee, the Union minister laid the foundation stone of the Nechiphu-Hoj (311km, NH 229) stretch of the Trans-Arunachal Highway and inaugurated Sagalee Don Bosco School and Arch Bridge over Pare river, Arunachal CMO said.