Itanagar: The Centre has approved the construction of two roads in remote parts of Arunachal Pradesh under Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Monday approved in principle that two roads -- one from Bameng to Lada (55 kms) and another from Miao to Vijaynagar (157 kms) -- would be constructed.
He conveyed this to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who was in New Delhi to discuss various matters related to the rural development sector in the state, official sources said.
Due to lack of road communication in Lada, a remote circle headquarter in East Kameng district, majority of population 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 Tuki, who visited Lada on October 16 and Vijoynagar on December 23 last year, had assured people that he would take up the road connectivity issue with the Centre earnestly.
Tuki invited Ramesh to lay the foundation stone of both the important roads.
In a positive gesture the Union Minister consented to visit Arunachal from February 18 to 20.During the meeting which lasted nearly an hour, the Union Minister reiterated the commitment of his ministry towards development of the frontier state, official sources said.
Tuki apprised Ramesh that he would convene an extensive review meeting of the RWD/PMGSY schemes during his visit to the state in February.
Later in the day, 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 the Chief Minister that he will take up the matter with the Oil PSUs under his Ministry including the Indian Oil Corporation at the earliest, sources said.
The Chief Minister also called on Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh to discuss various matters related to the state, sources added.