CM emphasizes on balanced development of border area

WALONG/ HAYULIANG, Nov 26: Chief Minister Pema Khandu emphasized on balanced development of border areas, stating that development in true sense is only when people residing near the Indo-China border feel part of it.
Addressing a public meeting at Wallong on Saturday, Pema said higher regions in Arunachal Pradesh, such as Walong and Tawang have tremendous tourism potentials for its enchanting scenic beauty. But, despite its beautiful landscapes, Walong has failed to attract tourists due to security reasons owing to its closeness to international boundary.
“Due to defence issues, the area is still uncovered under tourist circuit,” he said, and assured to take up the matter with the Home and Defence Ministry to bring Walong and Kibithoo under the state’s tourist circuit.
The Chief Minister also announced Rs 2.5 crore for completion of the ADC office building at Hayuliang and assured to sanction fund under RIDF to start the construction of road from Hayuliang bridge point to Hawai on the left bank of Lohit River.
He also announced to increase PDS rice quota of Anjaw.
Responding to a memorandum, the Chief Minister okayed the proposal to upgrade the Yatong Middle School to secondary school and announced an outdoor stadium for Hayuliang, besides assuring to sanction a suspension bridge connecting remote village of Warti and Musai.
To a proposal from Meyor community for a Gompa (Monastery), the Chief Minister agreed to fund it and further announced a sports stadium for Government Middle School, Walong.
On request of the ZPC for roads and healthcare facilities in Halai Pani, Pema assured to sanction fund for these projects.
He further announced to sanction fund for a memorial park in Hawai to be dedicated to former CM late Kalikho Pul during this financial year.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 60-metre Langwinti Bridge connecting Walong and Kibithoo; constructed by the BRO.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said Anjaw district has huge scope for medicinal plants, potential in agriculture and horticulture sector and is rich in biodiversity. He said that state government was working to bring out suitable policy for the benefit of farmers. He also said Walong lacks proper marketing facilities and assured to work to improve it.
Home Minister Kumar Waii announced to create posts for lady constables for Anjaw and said that recruitment will be done among the candidates from the district only.
He also announced Rs 3 crore for a fire station for Anjaw, Rs 1.5 crore for SP office in Hayuliang and informed that Rs 96 lakhs has been released for construction of police quarters in Hawai.
Remembering the contributions of former CM late Kalikho Pul for the constituency, state BJP President Tapir Gao assured that all unfinished work initiated by the late Chief Minister would be completed by the ruling BJP Government.
Art & Culture Minister Dr Mohesh Chai, Parliamentary Secretaries Phurpa Tsering and Jambey Tashi, and Hayuliang MLA Dasanglu Pul accompanied the Chief Minister.
On Friday, the Chief Minister dedicated the Kalikho Pul Memorial District Hospital to the people of Anjaw district at Swamy Camp.
The foundation stone for the hospital was laid by former Arunachal Governor, General J J Singh in 2009 in presence of former CM late Kalikho Pul.
The Chief Minister inspected the 50-bedded hospital and met the doctors and staff members. He interacted with them and enquired on the requirements of the hospital.
The hospital officials informed about the shortage of doctors and other staff members, to which the Chief Minister assured them of holding a meeting with the Health Commissioner and to immediately post the required number of officials and staff.
In a meeting with hospital staff members, Pema urged them to work dedicatedly as the job being a specialized one requires humane efforts.
Later, in a public meeting, the Chief Minister also assured that all incomplete work by former CM late Kalikho Pul would be completed.
Responding to a memorandum, he assured to fund the 25 km road from Manchal bridge point to Manchal village under RIDF. He also assured to take up the demand for a suspension bridge over river Dalai.
Anjaw and Lohit districts being rich in biodiversity, medicinal plants and horticulture crops, the Chief Minister informed about a plan to setup factory by the Patanjali Group of Industries in the foothills. He accordingly requested local MLA Dr Chai to identify a plot of land, which will be taken on lease to setup a training centre and a factory to produce medicinal products.
He said a manufacturing unit for agriculture and horticulture products will be setup, which will help local farmers find market.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Mein inaugurated the Manchal Bridge over river Lohit to connect Hayuliang with Hawai through the left bank of the river. The Home Minister also inaugurated a shopping complex in Swamy camp.