Speedy development of border areas needed: Arunachal Governor

Arunachal Pradesh Gov Gen (Retd) J J Singh stressed on speedy dev of border areas & urged North East Council for earmarking funds under Border Area Development Prog.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh on Tuesday stressed on speedy development of border areas in the state and urged North East Council (NEC) for earmarking funds under Border Area Development Programme (BADP).

"In terms of development, North-East as a whole is behind the rest of the country. Even within North-East, the border areas are at the nadir of development," Singh said while participating in the 59th Plenary of NEC at New Delhi, official sources informed.

"NEC needs to emphasise on the development of Border areas and supplement the resources of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) which is all the more important for states where the International Borders are sensitive," he said.

Calling for distribution of NEC resources among the member states based on three parameters, the area, population and the backwardness index of the state, the governor said that equal weightage might be given to each of these three criteria while determining distribution of fund.

Emphasising on the need for Trans-State grid, he said there was no backbone for power transmission in the state existing in the form of a high voltage Trans-State grid. "Arunachal government proposes to set up a 132 KV Trans-Arunachal Power Grid to be spread over five segments at a cost of Rs 1165.15 crore. Setting up this grid will improve
the distribution network not only in Arunachal Pradesh but will also provide a corridor for carrying out power to other neighbouring states like Assam," he said.

He said all North Eastern states have to ensure that they do not leave out inter-state projects in their priority list assuming that other states should propose the same out of
their allocation.

"Inter-State projects would mainly be of the nature of roads, railways, airports and other connectivity related projects," he said. Putting his remark on the setting up of National
Institute of Mountaineering cum Adventure Sports at Dirang in West Kameng district, Gen Singh said, "It is a project of national importance and we do not have any National Institute in Arunachal Pradesh."

He said, "Improving road connectivity should get the highest priority. We must seriously consider building the Pangsau-Shingbwiyang stretch on the lines of Tamu-Kaleywa
Indo-Myanmar Friendship Road."

"We could develop the proposed portion of Stilwell Road through Border Roads Organisation. The length of this stretch is only about 150 km and this will greatly boost
India`s trade and commerce aspects with South-East Asia," he said.

PTI