New Delhi, Jan.21 (ANI): Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh today approved in principle the construction of two roads in Arunachal Pradesh, namely a road from Bameng to Lada (55 kms) and another road from Miao to Vijaynagar (157 kms) under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development.
Lada, a remote circle headquarter in East Kameng district, is yet to be connected by a road. Due to lack of road communication majority of the inhabitants of the area - mostly Sajalongs and Puroiks - have migrated to settle in the foothills of East Kameng and West Kameng.
Likewise, Vijaynagar, also a circle headquarter in Changlang district has been facing myriad problems due to incompletion of the Miao-Vijayanagar road. Though the road has reached Vijaynagar from Miao, it remains closed or unfit for vehicular movement most part of the year.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who visited Lada on October 16 and Vijaynagar on December 23 last year, had assured the people at both places that he would earnestly take up the road connectivity issue with the Center and see to it that next time he comes visiting by road.
Ramesh conveyed the good news to Tuki who met him here today to discuss various matters related to the rural development sector in the state.
Taking the opportunity, Tuki invited Ramesh to lay the foundation stones of both roads. In a positive gesture, Ramesh agreed to visit Arunachal Pradesh from February 18 to 20. uring the meeting which lasted nearly an hour, Ramesh reiterated the commitment of his ministry towards development of the frontier state.
Tuki apprised Ramesh that he will convene an extensive review meeting of the RWD/PMGSY Schemes during the latter's visit to the state in February.
Tuki also called on Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and appealed to him for increasing the allocation of petrol pumps in the state for the benefit of the people from remote areas.
Moily assured Tuki that he will take up the matter with the Oil PSUs under his ministry, including the Indian Oil Corporation at the earliest.
Tuki also called on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh to discuss various security matters related to the state. (ANI)