Govt clears Rs 2,931cr outlay for widening two Arunachal roads

Worried over growing anti-national activities, the government Thursday approved a Rs 2,931 crore outlay for widening two existing road projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

Updated: Jun 09, 2011, 16:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Worried over growing
anti-national activities, the government Thursday approved a Rs
2,931 crore outlay for widening two existing road projects in
Arunachal Pradesh.

The funds would be used for two-laning of the Nechipu to
Hoj and Potin to Pangin road stretches in Arunachal Pradesh to national highway standard, the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) decided in a meeting here.

Out of the total outlay, Rs 1,676 crore would be utilised
toward the civil cost of widening the Potin to Pangin stretch
and the remaining Rs 1,255 crore for the Nechipu to Hoj
stretch.

"The road would greatly facilitate the security/defence
agencies to combat anti-national activities and threat on
border areas," two separate official statements for the two
projects said.

The widening of the Nechipu-Hoj and Potin-Pangin
stretches would improve internal connectivity of the western
and eastern districts of the state, respectively, with the
capital, Itanagar, the statement said. They would would also
help foster the socio-economic development of the state, it
added.

"Apart from this, the road would also help in hydro power
projects coming up in Arunachal Pradesh," it said.
Widening of the two stretches to two lanes was approved
in the June, 2009, meeting of the CCI. Both the projects in
Arunachal Pradesh would be implemented on a
Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the CCI has also approved four-laning of the
Panikoili-Rimuli section of NH-215 in Orissa for a total
consideration of Rs 1,648.92 crore.

PTI