Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu, who is on a four-day tour of Changlang district, will travel to Vijaynagar in the last leg of his journey by road, making him the first chief minister of the frontier state to do so.
Vijaynagar, the easternmost and one of the remotest administrative circles of Arunachal’s Changlang district is yet to be connected by a motorable road.
It takes an arduous journey of around six to eight days to reach the circle on foot through dense forests from the nearest town Miao, which is around 157km away.
The circle located along the India-Myanmar border is surrounded on three sides by Myanmar and the other side by a vast and thick forest of the Namdapha National Park.
The Vijaynagar circle comprises sixteen villages and has a population of around 4,400 people. The villagers there mostly depend on wetland and Jhoom cultivation for their livelihood while the basic requirement of groceries is met by a few local shops which bring goods mostly on foot.
For other essential requirements, the people depend on the military helicopter which carries out sorties in the circle, that too, depending upon the weather conditions. The Arunachal Pradesh government has been putting in all efforts to connect Vijaynagar with Miao under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
The ambitious 157.56 km-long road project has, however, been delayed due to realignment and diversion of the road to avoid the Namdapha National Park.
Khandu who took to Twitter to inform about his journey on Thursday wrote: “Today begins my journey of 157km Miao-Vijaynagar road (Myanmar border) on foot & car. I have promised people of Arunachal that motorable road will reach Vijaynagar by March 2022. Inspected the construction of RCC bridge over Mpen river. Ensuring work is being expedited on ground.”
The chief minister had earlier this month announced to connect Vijaynagar by a motorable road by March 31, 2022, along with Tali in Kra Daadi district.