• Long overdue road projects cleared

    The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways today cleared the long overdue project of four laning of 31.5 km Itanagar to Banderdewa NH-415.

    Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari cleared the project when state Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on him at New Delhi.

    Gadkari instructed the National Highway authorities to immediately start the work, an official release said here.

    On the request of the chief minister for maintenance of the roads, Gadkari issued directives to the authorities to repair capital roads on timely manner and make it motorable round the year.

    The National Highway authorities would repair and maintain the capital roads till the much awaited Itanagar-Banderdewa four lane highway comes up, the release said.

    In another important development, the ministry agreed for declaration of four roads as National Highways.

    The roads are Akajan-Likabali-Bame (106 km) in West Siang, Margherita-Changlang road (37 km) in Changlang, Daporijo to Dollungmukh via Dumporijo along the left bank of Subansiri River (125 Km), and Tezu to Chapakhowa via Sunpura.

    During an hour long discussion, Khandu suggested the ministry to try use of geo-textile technology to tackle landslides issues of hilly roads.

    The union minister appreciated the suggestion and assured him that such technology would be planned for projects in Arunachal Pradesh on an experimental basis, the release said. Gale Sayers Jersey

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