MoS Rijiju concerned over delay, slow progress on PMGSY road projects in state

MoS Rijiju concerned over delay, slow progress on PMGSY road projects in state

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has expressed serious concern over reported delay in execution as well as slow progress of road projects taken under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in the State specially in East Kameng district.

Rijiju, also MP from Arunachal West constituency, was addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony of RK Mission School at Lumdung in East Kameng district on Tuesday.

He said that thousands of crores have been sanctioned for the state of Arunachal Pradesh with East Kameng district getting the highest share among the districts. It was known during a review meeting with Prime Minister of India wherein Union Minister of Rural Development and Finance Minister were also present. 10% of the total budget allocation of the 19000 crore have been given to state. It was possible only after lots of persuasion and efforts, he said during the meeting and requested for provision of extra budgetary support.

The MoS said that after sanction of funds, it has been observed that several road projects were not properly executed, some of the roads got delayed and progress of some of them is too slow due to various reasons and quality of some of them is unexpected which is a matter of great concern.

He said that due to these, the development process is hampered and appealed all concerned to change their mindset so that the development of state does not delay further.

Appealing all to become a part of state development process, he said that all the road projects including National Highway and Trans-Arunachal Highway are our property and we should take care of as all these are our projects which need ownership.

It is to state that Arunachal Pradesh has failed to complete many road projects under the PMGSY in the past five years and the reason for the delay in the work was not yet known. As per online management, monitoring and accounting system of 2018-19 (OMMAS) there are 153 road projects with 208 proposals and 199 packages and 2.772. 801 km with a total outlay construction cost of 221,459.99.

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