Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu is a mega automobile enthusiast. He has become the first chief minister of the state to reach a remote administrative district by road. The team of the minister shared pictures and videos that have become viral on social media platforms.
Chief Minister Khandu visited Vijaynagar in eastern Arunachal. It is located along the India-Myanmar border on a Mahindra Thar and then walking through the treacherous terrains. Vijaynagar located in Changlang district of the state is yet to be connected by a motorable road. There is no way to reach the area except for a helicopter ride for the politicians. However, the locals use the unpaved roads that remain in one of the worst conditions.
CM decided to use the road to reach Vijaynagar and after completing the journey, he shared – “A memorable journey from Miao to Vijaynagar on vehicle and on foot”. Pema Khandu shared the details of the journey on Twitter too.
Khandu was accompanied by Urban Development Minister Kamlung Mossang, RWD minister Honchun Ngandam and other officials and their respective security personnel. The whole journey of 157 km is not the easiest. The contingent started the journey at 5AM on March 25 from Deban, in Namdapha National Park. The CM and his team reached Gandhigram, which is 137 km from the starting point on the same day.
Everyone spent the night in Gandhigram and the onward journey started from here the very next day. Khandu said that he wanted to check the road conditions of the area first hand. That is why he decided to take the journey by road. After the inspection, he also said that a project of making a motorable road will be completed by March 2022.
Construction of motorable road
Officials travelling with Khandu from RWD will submit a report on the status of the construction of the road following the official inspection. Since the road falls in the Namdapha National Park area, the entire stretch cannot get tarmac. However, he has promised to deliver whatever is possible and make the road condition much better for the locals.
Khandu also said that once the construction of the road is complete, it will improve the livelihoods of the locals and will bring a lot of opportunities for the locals to grow. After the road is constructed, it will have to be maintained so they will hand over the charge to Border Roads Organisation or BRO.
Vijaynagar is one of the remotest administrative circles in Arunachal Pradesh. It is not connected through an all-weather road yet. It is 157 km from the nearest town Miao and is surrounded by dense forest. To travel to this circle by foot march, it takes around 7 days while there are helicopter services from Mohanbari in Dibrugarh.
Not his first time
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju drove an ATV during the Gandhi Sankalp Yatra showcased some of their off-roading skills and went on an expedition in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh recently. The BJP ministers used Polaris RZR ATV and Mahindra Thar for the 107 km expedition.