Union minister assures Arunachal of early release of Rs 150cr

Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has assured Arunachal Pradesh of early release of Rs 150 crore as requested by the state.

Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 13:37 PM IST

Itanagar: Union Rural Development Minister
Vilasrao Deshmukh has assured Arunachal Pradesh of early
release of Rs 150 crore as requested by the state.

Immediately after receiving communication from the
Union minister, state minister Kalikho Pul told media persons
here today that this was possible because of his forceful
presentation of the ground realities of this land-locked
state through an official memorandum, which he had submitted
to the minister in New Delhi.

Arunachal Pradesh, the sensitive eastern most border
state of the country, though listed in the `special category`
among 12 states in the country, deserves special consideration
because of its strategic importance, hilly terrain, harsh and
hostile climate and unfriendly topography that increases the
cost of any developmental project, Pul said.

He said that the national criteria for infrastructure
development cannot be applied to this state and pleaded for
considering connectivity proposals for habitations with over
250 population.

"A review is necessary for Arunachal Pradesh where only
12.3 per cent habitations fall under the category," he said.

His other requests included increase of length of
bridges from 50 m span to 150 m, increase of road length from
5. 5 m road to atleast 7 m and fund for maintenance of the
created infrastructure, which get eroded by long spell of
rain for about seven months in a year.

The transportation cost of materials is very high in
the state, which leaves the project topsy-turvy, Pul told the minister.

PTI