West Siang district road link to boost soon: CM

  • Promises multi-purpose hall

AALO, Apr 06: Road connectivity to West Siang district would improve drastically as executing agency NHIDCL has assured that ongoing works of Akajan-Likabali-Bame stretch under all packages would be complete within two years, Chief Minister Pema Khandu while addressing Mopin festival revelers here on Tuesday.

Khandu, who travelled on that stretch on Monday to Aalo, however, expressed concern over the progress of Package 9 (Nigmoi to Pangin tri-junction) of Potin to Pangin stretch of Trans-Arunachal Highway (NH13) being built by M/s SRK Construction and Project Pvt Ltd.

“On my way to Aalo, I interacted with highway officials, local leaders, villagers and contractors. Package 9 is very complicated and this stretch will never be completed soon at this rate. When I am back in the capital, I will convene a meeting of all stakeholders including the contractor and those at fault will be reprimanded and I assure you all a solution soon,” he said.

Khandu promised that the state Govt will give its best to complete all nine packages of Potin to Pangin (approx. 400-km) by March 2022 that has been marred by various controversies.

“The GoAP is aware of the dilapidated sectoral and township roads in Aalo. For construction and maintenance of all township roads, an amount of Rs 20 crore has been placed under Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) and another Rs 9 croree under Chief Minister Comprehensive State Road Plan 2019-24 (CMCSRP),” he disclosed and exhorted all to check and ensure quality work once work starts for the GoAP not to grant funds again for the same work.

On half-done Aalo stadium, he regretted that it has been lying abandoned after work start making it unusable for years. He said that proposed new stadium on old ground was sanctioned under Special Plan Allocation (SPA). But the SPA scheme was withdrawn by the GoI since 2014 for the GoAP to dole out from its own resources to complete all ongoing projects under the scheme.

“It is very unfortunate that this particular project got left out. However, state sports & youth affairs minister has visited the project and soon submit a report to me. I assure that whatever fund is needed to complete it will be sanctioned. We cannot let the spirit of spirited and talented footballers of Aalo area dampen,” he promised.

“Galo without Mopin and Mopin without traditional rituals…will always be incomplete,” said Khandu, clad in traditional attires, though unaware of the traditions and unable to speak in mother tongue doesn’t make a Monpa Monpa or a Galo Galo while emphasizing on the importance of indigenous culture and local languages.

Informing that he was blessed by local priests during his visit to Donyi Polo Central KarguGamgi, he lauded the Galos for preserving their culture and traditional faith. “I am overwhelmed by your attachment with your roots. Galos are real torchbearers in maintaining indigenous identity, which is the hallmark of Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.

He maintained that no amount of modernization should come in way of indigenous culture and faith, which he said are the most precious treasure handed down by the ancestors.  Acknowledging that the old infrastructure of the Central Kargu Gamgi was in need of maintenance, he assured to provide funds for its renovation.

Earlier, Khandu along with Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao and legislators Kento Jini, Kumsi Sidisow, Hayang Mangfi, Ojing Tassing, Zignu Namchoom and Jikke Tako visited Drug Rehabilitation & Recovery Centre (DRRC) here, run by Mother’s Vision since 2013. Khandu assured GoAP support as more than 270 addicts have recovered from DRRC.

The team also visited General Hospital and commissioned a Yolo Health Kiosk, donated by local MLA Jini. Khandu also dedicated a newly built Tribal Culture Centre of indigenous affairs department to the people.

However, the CM announced construction of a state-of-the-art multi-purpose hall here as a Mopin gift. “A similar gift has been also announced for Basar. We will sanction for both the same day. Let us see and witness who – Basar or Aalo – beats the other in early completion of the projects,” he added light heartedly.  (CMO)

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