PM Modi to inaugurate several projects in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday


ITANAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate several projects and lay the foundation of many vital schemes in Arunachal Pradesh during his visit to the north-eastern state on Saturday.

Arunachal Pradesh is the only state in the country without a full-fledged airport.

“Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of a green field Airport at Hollongi”, the officials said on Thursday.

The airport project in the state has been pending for several years due to controversies over site selection.

Initially, Karsingsa was selected as the site. Even though, owing to technicalities, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had asked the state government to find some other site.

Based on the request, a central joint inspection committee visited Itanagar to study the feasibility of the site during 2017 and recommended Hollongi.

“The prime minister will also inaugurate a retrofitted airport at Tezu in Lohit district besides a 110 MW hydroelectric project, Arun Prabha channel of Doordarshan and 50 health and wellness centres in the state”, the officials said.

“He will also lay the foundation stone of a Film and Television Institute at Jote and seven electric substations under Comprehensive Scheme”, they added.

As per the report, he would lay the foundation stone of Sella Tunnel and its approach road in Tawang district besides the declaration of a cent per cent household electrification in the state under Saubhagya Scheme.

All the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony would be held from Indira Gandhi Park.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Wednesday took stock of the arrangements at IG Park.

As per the report, elaborate security arrangements have been made in view of the PMs visit to the state capital.

Large contingents of central paramilitary forces besides state police have spread a dragnet across the state capital since Wednesday.


With inputs from PTI

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