PMO sets deadline for Arunachal projects

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Itanagar, Apr 09: The Centre has set a deadline for Arunachal Pradesh to submit feasibility reports of various projects to be implemented under the recently-announced Prime Minister's Package for timely execution of the schemes.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has directed the state government to submit the feasibility report for the 1,840 km double-lane Trans-Arunachal Highway with an estimated cost of Rs. 5,500 crore latest by June next, official sources here today said. The Prime Minister's package was reviewed at a high-level meeting at the national capital on Monday last, which was chaired by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister P K Nair, for fixing a time-frame for early execution of the schemes, sources said.

Sources further informed that the meeting had decided the alignment for the four-lane highway had to be finalized in two weeks and that the Rs. 550 crore Itanagar Greenfield Airport, for which the state government has to begin the process for clearing forests and acquisitioning land, has to be completed in three years.

Joint Secretary Gauri Singh is scheduled to arrive here on April 16 to decide on proper utilisation of the Rs 550 crore-fund for the border villages' electrification programme, which is to be completed in the next two years, sources disclosed adding that on the Itanagar-Harmuti rail link, for which Rs two crore was released in August last year for survey, the works could begin in October this year and completed by March 2011 if land is made available in September next.

Works on Pasighat and Tezu airstrips would be taken up soon, while others at Tuting, Mechuka, Vijaynagar and Wallong (which were operational before 1990) should be treated as feasible.

The Minister of DoNER has agreed to release an amount of Rs 20 crore to the R K Mission Hospital here in a week's time, while the state Rural Works Department has been asked to compress its projected time for speedy completion of road links to 513 inhabitations under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), sources added.

The meeting also decided that the daily subsidised helicopter service between Guwahati and Tawang had to be introduced in a month's time and the process for floating tender in this regard has already been initiated by the civil aviation department.

The meeting, attended by secretaries of the ministries concerned, was sympathetic in relaxing the norms of water supply schemes in the state, provided the money allocated were spent on time, sources added.


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