Arunachal: Guv calls for timely implementation of projects in border areas

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra on Tuesday emphasized on quality and timely implementation of projects in the border areas of the frontier state.

“The roads, bridges, tunnels and tracks taken up in the border areas must be of the highest standard to sustain the economic development of the locals and the security of the borders,” the governor said, during a meeting with chief minister Pema Khandu at Raj Bhavan here.

The meeting discussed in detail the ongoing infrastructure projects in the border areas of Arunachal.

The governor said the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving high priority for developing the border areas.

The villages in the border areas must be economically vibrant and should have good roads, schools, medical facilities and reliable communication networks, he said.

The governor further advised the security agencies to explore the best technical and scientific methods of road construction. He also stressed on proper coordination with the district authorities while taking up the road projects.

Earlier, 4 Corps General Officer Commanding Lt General Ravin Khosla briefed the governor and chief minister on the developmental projects undertaken by the Indian Army in the border state. He assured the duo of the best security of the Indian Territory on the borders and work excellence in all the defense projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

Among others, Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), North East Frontier Headquarters, Itanagar Inspector General Shyam Mehrotra, senior ITBP DIGs Deepak Sandhuja and S P Singh and state commissioner (planning and investment) Prashant Lokhande were present in the meeting.

Meet with Ambassador: Governor Mishra and Chief Minister Khandu on the day also interacted with Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to India during which they shared new areas of mutual aid and endeavour for the progress and prosperity of the two friendly countries.  

The governor during the virtual meeting expressed his gratitude to the Japanese Ambassador for the strong friendship between the governments and people of Japan and India.

He wished that the age-old bond was strengthened further with joint ventures and cooperation.

The governor, who has been emphasizing on improving education in the state, proposed for student and faculty exchange programmes at the university level and online interactions amongst the school and college students of both countries.

Underscoring the vast potential of Arunachal’s religious tourism, the governor suggested cooperation in the Indo-Japanese tourism sector. He also stressed on sharing scientific know-how to mitigate natural calamities, as Arunachal Pradesh lies in a high seismic zone.  

With an aim for employment avenues for youth of the state in the line of ‘Make in India’, Mishra advocated for starting of Japanese assembly line factories in the state.

He also advised them to explore collaboration in the sectors of hydropower and non conventional sources of energy.

The governor and chief minister invited the Japanese Ambassador to visit Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the world famous Tawang Monastery and the Monastery in Namsai.

Khandu, who has visited Japan twice earlier, highlighted the vast scope of interface between Arunachal Pradesh and Japan for people to people contact and joint ventures.

He emphasised on imparting Japanese language as a new skill to the youth of the state.

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