ITANAGAR, Nov 5: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has criticized the state government for the pathetic condition of highway roads across Arunachal.
“The BJP led state government has been repeatedly talking of many policies, like the investor friendly Industrial Policy and development of PMGSY roads and highways across the state. Even Union Minister of State Home, Kiren Rijiju had claimed that all the villages in the state will have road connectivity by the end of 2019. But with such a state of affairs in road condition, it is needless for the government to talk of adopting investor friendly industrial policy and promotion of tourism activities in the state,” PPA President Kahfa Bengia said in a release.
Referring to his recent visit to Aalo, Bengia said, “My visit to Aalo in West Siang district using Pasighat and Pangin road has revealed shocking and disturbing conditions of highways in the state. It takes more than two hours to reach Aalo from Pangin, which is just 27 Kms in distance. The road has almost disappeared and the pain and agony of the passengers is beyond description”, he said.
Quoting a group of elite members of West Siang district, Bengia said the main cause of the pathetic condition of roads connecting Aalo is “the excess work load of T K Engineering” putting the company into complete chaos and bankruptcy.
The PPA questioned, quoting the locals of the area as saying, “What was the need for BRTF, (the agency that was supposed to do the construction of highway roads from Likabali to Aalo) to handover the construction task to T K Engineering?”
Pointing out the phase-wise bandh calls in Aalo demanding road construction, the PPA further said that the agitated people have been resorting to bandh calls but the government seems to have been giving a deaf ear to the Aalo public cries.
“The elite members opined that the only way out is for the TK Engineering to sublet the construction works to the local contractors of the area to speed up the project,” the PPA said.
Meanwhile, pointing out the alleged fake appointments in the Health Department, PPA General Secretary Kaling Jerang said, “The issue of fake and illegal appointments in the Health Department and many other departments in the state should be thoroughly investigated without any interference from the government to avoid any kind of manipulation and its kingpin should be nabbed.”
“The blame squarely must rest with the person heading the government as the fake appointment story has surfaced during a time when the state government is without a Health Minister”, Jerang added.