*Develop both link roads fast: APCC
By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR | Jul 01 | Itanagar-Naharlagun road (NH-415) got blocked after a stretch near Dree ground was completely washed out by torrential rains on Friday night delinking the lifeline to state capital.
In fact, this particular stretch was blocked on June 03 last due to massive landslide but the PWD failed to rise to the occasion and remained in deep slumber resulting in he present state of affairs.
Though the traffic was diverted through Papu Nallah-Jully road. Halfportion of the road was blocked at few points besides turning totally muddy forcing huge number of two-, three- and four-wheelers move like tortoise to take about two hours to travel 10-km Papu Nallah to Ganga road. Little efforts could have removed the half blockages facilitating easier movement. But neither there was any trace of police personnel nor PWD staff till 5.30 pm when this editor crossed the road.
Even 45 years after becoming a UT and three decades after attaining statehood, subsequent state Govts have miserably failed to provide a fair weather road, water and power supply to capital dwellers whose population stood at around one lakh.
But there has never been dearth of fund flow. During the last Congress Govt, Rs 15 crore was sanctioned by GoI for renovating the NH-415 turned dilapidated by the massive rains in 2016. Where have those huge money gone, the commoners wonder?
Meanwhile, APCC president Takam Sanjoy, in a release, today flayed the state Govts for inability to develop Itanagar-Jully-Papu Nallah and Itanagar-Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan-Papu Nallah roads, both alternative links between the twin cities, known as mini India.
Subsequent state Govts even after umpteen promises failed to develop these roads for several decades though huge funds were received from the Centre, the party said, adding the capital dwellers have been facing the wrath of nature’s fury for such lackadaisical attitude while lack of drainage system adds woes to their injuries.
Sanjoy urged the GoAP to develop both the link roads as the four-lane works would begin soon. He, however, cautioned the citizens to refrain from unplanned and illegal earth cuttings which usually cause landslides and many accidents during monsoon.
CM-led team reviews situation
ITANAGAR: Chief Minister Pema Khandu accompanied by Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso today took stock of the severe damages caused to Itanagar-Naharlagun highway (NH-415), particularly near Dree ground.
CM-led team including PWD commissioner Bilatee Pertin, disaster management department (DMD) secretary Jokey Angu, CE (Highways) Toli Basar and EE (Highways) and Capital DC Prince Dhawan saw a major chunk of the NH was washed away completely disrupting communication to Naharlagun.
The incessant rains for last couple of days have thrown life out of gear in Capital Complex by severely damaging road links, snapping water supply pipelines and disrupting basic essential services. Similar damages are being reported from various districts.
Khandu discussed measures to be taken to open the road at the earliest when PWD engineers informed him that men and machines would be deployed to take up restoration works soon. The CM directed them to take up works on war footing so as to restore the vital road within a day or two.
He directed Kaso and Angu to take all measures for safety of dwellers along the stream below the damaged road as it was flowing in full spate besides inspect all the damages and vulnerable areas in the Capital complex along with Dahwan and submit a report immediately.
As heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted by IMD till July 4, Khandu urged the masses to stay alerts and prepared. He directed the district administration to immediately evacuate people leaving in vulnerable areas to safer places and ensure adequate stock of ration, medicine and other essential commodities. Keep round the clock watch on the situation in order to avert any catastrophe, he added.
Meanwhile, the DMD has been directed to monitor the situation and work out mitigation plans to deal with any eventualities. (PRO)