Looks like voice for MV Road to be given to the BRO is gaining momentum. I had a brief talk with the key leader of the MV Road Joint Action Committee today and learned the team had good interaction with the top level authorities on this regard in Itanagar. Further action plans are there to follow up at the Centre as well. I am very glad to have such an initiative being taken to have a good road by the end of the funding under PMGSY.
Below is a new release from the AP Times, dated 14 Nov 2014.
‘Hand over Miao-Vijoynagar road work to BRO’
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Miao-Vijoynagar Road Joint Action Committee, on behalf of the public of the area, has demanded the Chief Minister to do the needful to hand the construction work of Miao-Vijoynagar road over to BRO from private construction companies.
In its memorandum to the Chief Minister, the MV Road Joint Action Committee, informed that then UPA Government had sanctioned Rs 160 Crore in 2013 for construction of the MV Road under a special scheme of PMGSY. The foundation stone was laid on January 19 on the same year and road was supposed to be completed within three years.
But it has come to the knowledge of the people of Vijoynagar that the construction work has been allotted to different private constructors to be constructed it in phase manner in contrary to the promise of the local legislator and anticipation of the people of Vijoynagar,” the memorandum claimed.
The road needs to be constructed as an all weather road maintaining quality with follow up maintenance works which BRO can only assure, the memorandum said.
“The people of Vijoynagar have a long history of experiencing tall and empty promises by the government. Huge amounts were sanctioned so far for the development of Vijoynagar under various border development schemes, but unfortunately, there has been no development to date.
The memorandum claimed that Rs 326 lakh was sanctioned in 2009 for maintenance of the MV road but no such activities have been witnessed by the people due to reason best known to the department concerned.
Considering its strategic location and the constant threat from the neighboring countries our country cannot and should not afford to keep Vijoynagar landlocked for long, the memorandum said.
About a population of 7000 reside at Vijoynagar and neighbouring areas which is located about 157 Km from Miao town. It shares international boundary with Myanmar. The only means of communication and transportation to Vijoynagar is helicopter which depends upon the mercy of weather, and availability of chopper.
CPWD undertook the construction of the MV Road in 1966 and by the year 1976 a Katcha Road was completed only to be washed away in the following year. Ever since, the people of Vijoynagar have been living without road communication which is a violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution of India. In other words, the fundamental rights of the people of Vijoynagar have been curtailed, the memorandum added.