On Tuesday evening, Indian Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh laid the foundation of the longest stretch of the road built under Prime Minister’s Gram SadakYojna (PMGSY) from Miao to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The 157-km road passing through the Namdapha National Park, will have 25 bridges and 600 culverts throughout the whole stretch and is scheduled to be completed within a five-year time frame at an estimated cost of Rs.225 crore.
The road was sanctioned under the special edition of PMGSY that enables connectivity to habitants having a population below 250.
The announcement comes as a huge relief for hundreds of people in Vijaynagar, who walk for 5-6 days to Miao to buy their medicine or daily essentials. The cost for a kilo of salt is Rs.100-120 at Vijaynagar, India’s remotest circle headquarters adjoining Myanmar, in Changlang district of south-eastern Arunachal Pradesh, whereas the same amount of salt is said to be easily available at INR.15-20 in the terrain border areas of China.
Out of 17 districts in Arunachal Pradesh, 10 are along the international border. Arunachal Pradesh has connectivity to only 36 per cent of its inhabitants so far. The Union minister has also laid the foundation for the 55-km-long Bameng to Lada road under the same PMGSY scheme.