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Arunachal MP criticises land acquisition delay by state govt

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"Such unavoidable delay will have far-reaching socio-economic implications in the state," Sanjoy said in a statement here today.

Though the concession agreement for the 311-km Nechipu-Hoi road via Seppa, Pakke-Kessang and Sagalee was signed between the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and M/s Sushee-IVRCL a year ago, but the district administrations were yet to acquire the land, he said.

Two tenders were cancelled by the MoRTH before which had delayed the process by three years.

"The district administrations should have completed the handing over of land to the MoRTH for payment of compensation and transfer of land to the executing agency to begin the work by now", the MP lamented.

The 407-km Potin-Pangin road via Ziro, Raga, Daporijo, Bame, Aalo, of which concession agreement was signed between the MoRTH and M/s ECI-SREL on August 14 is no exception either, he said.

"When the PMO is monitoring all projects announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 31, 2008, such lackadaisical attitude would serve as the greatest drag for the road project," Sanjoy said.

Appreciating that the 158-km Joram-Koloriang road in remote Kurung Kumey district bordering China has been entrusted to the BRO, Sanjoy regretted that of late the performance of BRO was 'not up to the mark' which had prompted the state government to draw the attention of the Defence Ministry, the MoRTH and the PMO for outsourcing to expedite the road projects.

  

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