The Arunachal Pradesh government's Cabinet Committee for Infrastructure (CCI) has approved proposals worth Rs 2,500 crore for infrastructure development of the remote northeastern state, an official statement said on Tuesday. The CCI meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday approved the proposals for taking up capital works pertaining to various departments across the state, the statement said. An amount of Rs 1,100 crore has been earmarked for upgradation of road infrastructure of the state capital complex and all district headquarters besides road connectivity to all ADC and SDO headquarters over the next three-years.
It has also been decided that the existing Itanagar- Jote road would be upgraded as State Highway. The CCI has doubled the allocation for horticulture projects pertaining to kiwi, orange, large cardamom from the existing Rs 30 crore to Rs 60 crore. It has been decided that a major component of such grant would be given to the farmers directly by way of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The committee has directed for revival of all defunct cold processing units at Namasai, Pasighat and Bhalukpong. Proposal for introducing 10 electric buses between Itanagar and Naharlagun on a pilot basis in partnership with NTPC has been approved to bring relief to commuters and promote eco-friendly mode of transportation. The number of buses would be increased in subsequent years. The CCI also approved the creation of a new DSP Traffic Cell for the capital complex to oversee and regulate traffic. Construction of district secretariat complexes has been approved in all newly created district headquarters. Also, approval has been accorded in principle for construction of a united directorate complex and integrated office complex of all commissioners of the state government in the state capital. All urban townships would soon have LED street lights with its commissioning approved by the CCI.
The CCI approved project proposals worth Rs 75 crore of the department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL), upgradation of power infrastructure, water supply projects in all newly created district headquarters, upgradation of Police Training Center at Banderdewa and for providing public amenities in all major townships. Reconstruction of damaged bailey bridges over Subansiri River at Daporijo, Kamle River at Raga and Kume River at Tali has also been approved beside the revival of mega food parks at Banderdewa and Tippi and creation of multi-purpose convention halls on pre-engineered/pre- fabricated models. The CCI took a very strong view of the projects which are progressing slowly, where there has been unapproved change in scope of work, where there is a substantial deviation between estimated costs and price discovered through tendering, the statement said. It was decided that accountability would be fixed for such kind of deviations on the officers concerned with such projects. Other proposals approved include augmentation of water supply at Rajiv Gandhi University and notified urban centers, creation of tourist wayside amenities at important lakes, setting up of 400 KV HT line and external infrastructure development at Hollongi airport site. The statement said additional funds for completing the EWS houses at four key townships namely Chimpu, Dirang, Bomdila and Palin, accelerating ongoing works of stadiums at Chimpu, Aalo and Tezu, upgradation and improvement of existing football grounds at Nari in Lower Siang district. Moreover, proposals were also approved for construction of new police headquarters, commissioning of 3 newly notified police stations at Gohpur, Chimpu and Niti Vihar, upgradation of existing PHC at Nyapin to Community Health Center. A state of the art State Load Dispatch Center to bring greater efficiency in the management of power infrastructure and reduce transmission and distribution losses and construction of toilets at 2700 Anganwadi centers, the statement added.