Land issue over state first highway resolved

ITANAGAR,  MARCH 26:  Several related  issues affecting the start of work from one portion of Arunachal’ Pradesh first state highway (two lane), from Itanagar to Jote, has been almost resolved with the intervention of the panchayat leaders. Local leaders and other stakeholders of the area. 

The work between Gohpur Tinali-Moin village Box cutting measuring 6 kms, was not started due to several issue erupted after landowners allegedly raised concern over the safety of their properties, dwelling. Neither the department concern, nor the administration and executing agency have come forward and discussed the issue with the land owners or various committees before the project started. Due to which the week could not start from Gopur Tinali side. The local allege. 

The work from the Jote side was in full progress and most of the work of jungle clearing, formation cutting, land development, construction of retaining wall, construction of culverts are in war footing in 14 kms stretch under Sangdupota circle the Papum Pare  administration, while the 6 KM stretch are under Capital administration. 

The 20-km-long Itanagar-Jote road has been taken up by the Doimukh PWD division. The project does not have a provision for land compensation and people have mostly donated land free of cost.NABARD. 

On March 24 Thursday a  criusal meeting was held under the chairmanship of Batt-Ganga ZPM Taro Tagia and was attended by representatives of the land-affected committee, the IMC, the PRI and the PWD, besides the contractor. All the stakeholders who attended the meeting supported the project and called for early start of the work on the Itanagar side. The work was not able to start due to proper communication among the land affected people, committee members, PRI leaders, with PWD, contractor and administration and also litigation filed by few individuals in court of law. 

“All the members present an opinion and emphasis that construction work should go ahead without damaging properties, especially buildings. The PWD and the contractor are requested to take up sufficient protection measures at all the vulnerable and specific  locations in the 6 KM of stretch including the Ganga lake” 

All of them agreed to cooperate with and support one another during the construction period and support the project which connect thousands of people from capital complex at one end and later the said road will connect Pakke Kessang on other end and further one can travel to Tawang,West Kameng, East Kameng district Via Pakke Kessang and Jote area. 

The land-affected people, along with panchayat leaders and contractors, met ICR DC Talo Potom at his office on Friday evening and were informed of the decision and minutes of meeting.

Meanwhile, the contractor of the Itanagar-Jote road, Ngurang Changriang said that he will start work on this stretch. He said that the land affected people and all stakeholders has met and discussed the issue and the issue is being resolved and it is a happy moment for the people that each and every member in the meeting has supported the project and assured their support. He said. 

“If the weather permits and weather remain pleasant, we are going to start the work  We have given the commitment to complete work by December 2022, but the land issue in between Gohpur and Moin village has somewhat affected the progress of work, the smooth flow of fund is another factor to stop any hindrance in the work progress. e

Even Though our effort will always there to give better service for the people and a good road,” Contractor said. 

Changriang said that the work on the remaining stretch in Sangdupota circle  14-km stretch is going on smoothly and full progress. 

The Itanagar-Jote state highway was announced by Chief Minister Pema Khandu while on a visit to the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Jote in 2016. Even though the NIT has shifted to its permanent campus in Jote, the pathetic condition of the Itanagar-Jote road continues to cause trouble in the proper functioning of the institute and the students and faculty have been facing problems. 

Besides the NIT, several important projects of public importance have been in progress and coming up in due course of time which include Jarbom Gamlin government law college, National film & television institute, Entrepreneur development Institute, several educational institutions, public and private buildings.

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