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People unhappy with poor maintenance of Bhalukpong-Tawang Rd

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ITANAGAR: The people of Tawang, East and West Kameng districts in Arunachal Pradesh have expressed displeasure over the poor maintenance of the Bhalukpong-Tawang Road, the life-line for the people in the western part of the state.

A meeting at Tawang was organized recently under the chairmanship of Tourism Minister Pema Khandu (who represents Mukto constituency) where aggrieved people explained their ordeal, official sources said hereon Saturday.

Parliamentary secretary (Planning) Tsewang Dhondup (who represents Tawang constituency) and Arunachal Pradesh Medicinal Plants Board chairman Jambey Tashi (who represents Lumla constituency) also listened to the tales of woes from the people.

Taking stock of the seriousness and the growing concern from the people, the legislators of all the three districts plan to press upon the BRO to ensure immediate maintenance of the road.

The 290 km important strategic road that leads to the Sino-India border in Tawang sector is in shambles for lack of maintenance by the Border Roads Organization (BRO).

The Tourism minister has asked the Tawang administration to take up the matter with the BRO authorities, for prompt action.

He also assured them that he would take up the matter with the Chief Minister and appraise the anguish of the people to Director General of Border Roads, sources added. Enhancement of MLA LABC fund:The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Budget Committee (LABC) has recommended for enhancement of MLA local area development fund (LADF) in the current financial year.

The committee in its meeting on Thursday last recommended the State Planning Board to increase MLA LADF from existing Rs 70 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore for each legislator, saying the funds are being appropriately used and comes under social auditing, an assembly communique said here today.

The meeting of the committee was convened after a gap of six years under the chairmanship of deputy speaker Tapang Taloh.

he committee examining the budget proposals drafted by the assembly secretariat and opined that “the assembly secretariat should have been allocated under plan allocation for maintenance of infrastructure and upgrading of the secretariat, including maintenance of MLA cottages,” the communique said.

It also suggested that the supervision of these areas should have been brought to the direct control of the speaker. (PTI)

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