ITANAGAR, Aug 28 - Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways General VK Singh (retd) called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) at the Raj Bhavan here today and discussed issues regarding road construction in the State.
The difficult hilly terrain of Arunachal Pradesh requires large investments for construction of roads, the Governor told the minister.
“Road approach instills a sense of security and nationalism amongst the populace inhabiting the remote and far-flung areas,” observed the Governor and requested Singh for technical assistance and funds for the State.
Highlighting the State’s tourism potential, organic produce and natural resources, the Governor said that socio-economic development of the State, particularly of the agrarian community and horticulture entrepreneurs, depends, inter alia, on the availability of good roads.
“Availability of good roads is the prime need for the welfare of the people which inherently adds to national security and progress,” he stressed.
The Governor, who has toured all 25 districts of the State, mostly by road, shared his experiences and observation on the road conditions in the State. He said that the road projects must be planned for long-term use and care must be taken for its sustainability and robustness.
Due to the terrain and climate difficulties, road construction agencies must use technologies “well above the conventional methods” to make good roads in the State, he said.
The Governor earlier briefed the minister on the important roads and bridges, which need priority completion. He made special mention of the four-laning of the Itanagar-Banderdewa stretch of NH-415, which needs to be expedited.
The Union Minister of State appreciated the concerns of the Governor regarding the welfare of the people of Arunachal. He assured the Governor to provide all necessary assistance to the State.