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Manmohan sets timeframe for Arunachal Pradesh projects

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh waves to supporters at a Congress election rally in Pasighat on Saturday. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is seen at right.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: PTI

Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday announced a timeframe for implementing the infrastructural schemes under the massive Rs. 24,000 crore package he had announced for Arunachal Pradesh last year.

2013 deadline

The over-1,500 km trans-Arunachal highway running through the middle of the hilly, tribal State will be completed by 2013, Dr. Singh told at a Congress election rally here.

All districts covered

The double-lane highway would pass through eleven district headquarters, he said.

Another 850 km highway would connect the remaining five districts of the State’s 16 districts.

“The trans-Arunachal highway, rail and air connectivity and construction of two small hydro projects will meet the requirement of many remote areas, especially villages located on border areas, suffering from isolation,” Dr. Singh said.

Work on the Rs. 156 crore rail link between Itanagar and Harmuti in Assam has begun and will be completed by 2014.

Work progressing

There has also been a lot of progress in work on the greenfield airport being constructed at Itanagar and on the Advance Landing Grounds at Tuting, Mechuka, Vijaynagar, Wallong and Pasighat, the Prime Minister said. — PTI