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Rs 2,931 cr sanctioned for Arunachal road projects

The Hindu Business Line:  June, 2011

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday approved a total outlay of Rs 2,931 crore for widening two road stretches in Arunachal Pradesh.

The funds would be used for two-laning of the Nechipu to Hoj and Potin to Pangin road stretches in Arunachal Pradesh to national highway standard, the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) decided at a meeting here.

Of the total outlay, Rs 1,676 crore is for the civil cost of widening the Potin to Pangin stretch and the remaining Rs 1,255 crore for the Nechipu to Hoj stretch.

“The roads would greatly facilitate the security/defence agencies to combat anti-national activities and threat on border areas,” said the official statements.

The widening of the Nechipu-Hoj and Potin-Pangin stretches would improve internal connectivity of the western and eastern districts of the state, respectively, with the capital, Itanagar, the statement said. They would also help foster the socio-economic development of the State, it added.

“Apart from this, the road would also help in hydro power projects coming up in Arunachal Pradesh,” it said.

Widening of the two stretches to two lanes was approved in the June 2009 meeting of the CCI. Both the projects would be implemented on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, the statement said.

The Cabinet also approved a Rs 1,648.92 crore outlay for four-laning of the Panikoili-Rimuli section of NH-215 in Odisha.