GUWAHATI: The Centre is actively considering the idea of constructing a road along the country’s border with China in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposed project aims at matching Chinese infrastructure across the McMohan Line and to solve the problem of migration of locals from the border villages to the state capital, Itanagar, and its surrounding areas.
“The government is planning to construct a road from Mago-Tingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district. It will help solve the problem of migration of people from the border villages,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in Itanagar on Tuesday. In the land-locked frontier state, communication is a major bottleneck. The migration of the locals is attributed to the lack of basic amenities, besides infrastructure in the border areas.
The proposed road will be in addition to the Trans-Arunachal Highway that will connect all the 21 districts of the state.
“The 2,000-km long road will also speed up development in border areas, which is one of the priorities of the NDA Government,” Rijiju said. “Constructing the road will be a huge challenge given the rough and hostile terrainThe project will cost an estimated Rs 40,000 crore,” he said.