Centre clears road project in Arunachal Pradesh–a note

This is one of the most precise news items I read on MV Road. Lots of information are compact within this small space. The only weakness: There is no report on WHEN the construction will begin. (Liahey)


Centre clears road project in Arunachal Pradesh By Sushanta Talukdar (The Hindu, 29 October 2013)

It is the country’s longest road project under PMGSY

The Centre has cleared the 157 km Miao-Vijaynagar road project that will connect the remote Vijaynagar circle in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh along the India-Myanmar border, 100 km of it passing through the Namdapha National Park.

Touted to be the longest road project under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana, it will have altogether 25 bridges along its stretch.

At present, there is no road to this border area with 13 recognised villages and one unrecognised settlement. For over 5,000 people of these villages, the only alternative to air transport is a six-day walk from Vijaynagar to the nearest town Miao through the dense jungles of Namdapha. There is no electricity in Vijaynagar.

The Miao-Vijaynagar road was motorable till 1976 and has fallen into disrepair since then. The project, estimated to cost about Rs. 160 crore, is targeted to be completed in four years, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told The Hindu on Monday. When completed, it will directly link the Advanced Landing Ground of Vijaynagar, considered to be one of the toughest ALGs in the country at an altitude of 4,200 feet, and also an Assam Rifles post that was opened in 1962 in this remote and strategic frontier.

The project is estimated to cost Rs. 160 crore and will be completed in four years.

On completion, the road will directly link Vijaynagar’s ALG

2 thoughts on “Centre clears road project in Arunachal Pradesh–a note

  1. Dear sirs,

    Please accept my greetings for the holiday season and the new year. My name is Gayathri, and I was in Namdapha, specifically in Nibudi village, in March. I compiled a radio feature for the BBC that ran in May. You very kindly shared this report along with my colleague’s print feature in one of your blog posts earlier this year.

    I’m now studying at the University of Chicago, and hope to use the training and methodologies being taught to understand the peculiar issues Namdapha and the Lisu community living inside are facing.

    In connection with this, I wonder if any of you could tell me if the labour to be used to build this road will come from the Lisu community? Or will the government bring in labour from other parts of India, ex: Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, as it usually does? Stilwell road, also in Changlang district, is being rebuilt as well, and the local tribes aren’t involved in any of the construction or planning. Whether that’s by choice or a result of ignorance, I can’t say.

    Do you know anything more? Do let me know, please? I can be reached at gayathris@uchicago.edu if you have any preliminary queries.

    Best wishes, Gayathri

    • Hi Gayathri,
      I greatly appreciate your coverage at BBC. I think you have done a very human approach, considering the ground realities and feelings of people of Nibudi villagers, unlike the Namdapha authorities.

      At the moment, the MV road is still on news. No construction have begun yet. About two years ago when MV road was made through, all labourers were from “outside”. Let’s see what will happen next.

      Political forces/other powers seem too powerful for us at the moment. We need to learn to voice/seek opportunities differently. Any ideas toward that would be a welcome.

      Please visit again to our villages.


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