Much to look forward

As the people of state welcome 2019, hopefully the New Year will bring new era of development in the state. For a state which has acquired the notoriety for the political instability, the 2018 was considerably quite peaceful. The year did not witness any major political calamity and the government had enough time to concentrate on the governance issues. The political stability had a positive impact as slew of new government schemes was launched in 2018. The Sarkar Aapke Dwar launched this year which provides all the basic facilities to people at the door step has emerged as one of the best government schemes in recent year. This is perhaps one of the rare government schemes which truly benefits people at the grass root.
However the 2018 was particularly bad for the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) project. The Potin Pangin Highway Pvt Ltd (PPHL) – the construction agency engaged to construct the Potin to Pangin stretch of the TAH withdrew from the project. They cited various reasons including the land issue for withdrawing from the project. Also a massive scam broke out over the distribution of land compensation money in Lower Subansiri district leading to the arrest of several officials including former deputy commissioner of district. The Potin- Pangin section of TAH was recently re-launched by Union Road, Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari at Ziro. Though the early part of 2019 will concentrate on assembly and general elections, the state government still needs to focus on accelerating the pace of work under TAH. Also this month the foundation for much awaited green field airport at Hollongi is expected to be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Further the year 2019 will instill new governments both at centre as well as in state. There is much to look forward.