By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR | May 30 | Arunachal Pradesh state capital which lacks a fair weather road even 45 years after its establishment would be a reality soon by reputed road builder M/s T K Engineering Consortium Pvt. Ltd (TKE).
The North Eastern Frontier Agency capital was shifted from Shillong as decided by the then development commissioner KAA Raja at Aalo in 1971 but regrettably none of its three entry points is safe and fair weather road even in 2017.
When the traffic congestion has become a regular phenomenon causing inordinate delay for Capital Complex dwellers, particularly commuters, the state Govt signed an agreement with reputed road developer TKE on May 22 last to build Itanagar-Banderdewa 4-lane highway (NH-415), the lifeline of the capital.
The agreement signed by TKE GM (HQ) P K Roy and PWD (Highway-Western Zone) CE Toli Basar intended to execute 10.9-km Chandranagar-Papu Nallah (Jully tri-junction) project on eengineering, procurement, construction (EPC) mode including design chainage 29/500 to 40/400 (Itanagar-Bandredewa section) under 2016-17 plan of package-A.
“The project is a prestigious one. We have built many hilly roads under much pressing circumstances with tougher conditions and this is not a very challenging job,” Roy told this daily today immediately after a technical discussion by a team of engineers including technical adviser on the project.
Naharlagun-based TKE with Techi Jully and Syed Ghiyasuddin as managing director and project director respectively begun its journey in 1992 and has been executing road projects in various parts of NE India by engaging over 5,000 employees including engineers.
TKE takes up all projects with commitment and on completion of the project, traffic congestion would be a thing of passé, said Jully, which was dittoed by technical adviser, a reputed former PWD chief engineer.
“The survey works would be taken up from Thursday and our consultant will submit proposal (inventory) soon followed by other formalities to begin works with quality,” Roy said, adding “There would be many challenges as the highway is the lifeline of state capital but we are confident that people for whom the NH will be built would extend all possible cooperation in greater interest of the state while district administration has already assured all possible support”.
Capital DC Prince Dhawan, present during MoU signing, had said, “stage-wise works of the project were taken up and the curtains were drawn on first phase of agreement (Chandranagar-Papu Nallah portion) today. This accord has turned the dream of four-lane into a reality”.
The TKE’s ongoing projects included Trans-Arunachal Highway, NH 52, while it has already built advance landing grounds at Ziro, Mechukha, Walong, Aalo, Pasighat and Tuting and handed over to Indian Air Force, Roy disclosed.
It may be mentioned here that TKE has own many national and international awards for developing hilly roads under highly challenging circumstances. The awards included 8th CIDC Vishwakarma Award given by Construction Industry Development Council in New Delhi, Gold Award during international quality crown award function at London, Platinum Award for Excellence and Business Prestige in recognition of continuous search for quality demonstrated by the achievement of ongoing development and innovation applied to solution creating business results during June 2016 Quality Summit 2016 at New York, organized by Business Initiative Directions, European Gold Award for Best Practices 2016 at Brussels while former governor J P Rajkhowa had heaped praises in a certificate.
Infrastructure sector has become the growth propelling engine for development that underscores the vital role of TKE with neglected development of NE India under central Govt top priority radar.