Correspondent ITANAGAR, Jan 5 - Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has said that the survey and investigation of 2000-km-long Arunachal Frontier Highway along the India-China border has been completed.
He said that the construction of the ambitious road project with an estimated cost of Rs 40,000 crore will commence “soon”.
The proposed highway will connect the border areas from Vijaynagar in Changlang district in eastern Arunachal to Mago-Thingbu in Tawang district in the west.
Mein also informed that East-West Industrial Corridor will also be constructed along the foothills of the State. A high-level board headed by the State Assembly Speaker PD Sona has been given the responsibility to finalise its alignment, an official release said.
The Deputy CM made these disclosures after dedicating the newly built 75-metre-long steel bridge over the Pare River at Balapu in Papum Pare district to the people of Pech-Hoj, Upper Balapu and Balapu villages under Sagalee subdivision in the district on Saturday. He said that the bridge is a “New Year gift” from the Government to the people of these remote villages.
Stating that connectivity is one of the priority sectors of the Government as it will bring all-round and faster development in Arunachal, he called upon people to change their mindset if they wish to see fast-tracking of development activities in the State.
Stating that the tourism industry can boost the economy of the State, Mein said that the connectivity to the remote and far-flung areas is important to boost tourism industry, and exhorted the people to create a congenial atmosphere for tourism industry to flourish in the State and to make it investor-friendly.
He said that the Team Arunachal led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu wants to bring equitable development of all regions by equal distribution of fund and judicious utilisation of the State’s resources.
He added that the State Government has brought in financial and administrative reforms and also adopted an Industrial Policy to make the State investment friendly and for ease of doing business in the State.