Chief Minister Pema Khandu became the first CM to reach Vijaynagar, the last administrative headquarters near the Myanmar border in Changlang district, travelling 157km from Miao by road.
He began his journey on 25th March, on a vehicle and foot, along the road that is yet to be made motorable. The CM was accompanied by Minister Kamlung Mossang, Minister Honchun Ngandam and various other dignitaries.
The journey took two days to complete. The CM and his entourage spent a night at Gandhigram (137km) for the onward journey to Vijaynagar the next day.
Attending a public meeting at Gandhigram and Vijaynagar, the CM said he undertook the journey from Miao to Vijaynagar to personally inspect the condition of the road and to ensure that the construction to make it motorable is completed by March 2022.
He said the accompanying officials from the RWD department will be submitting a complete report on the status of the road following the inspection.
He said since the road falls in the Namdapha National Park area, so, the entire stretch of road cannot be blacktopped but will be done wherever possible.
He said that once the road reaches Vijaynagar, all forms of development will accompany it, bringing in improved livelihoods. He said that since the road being constructed by the RWD department requires it to be well-maintained, after its completion the task will be handed over to the Border Roads Organization (BRO).
The CM said that the Namdapha region is a biodiversity hotspot area, and improved road conditions will give a boost to tourism.
He appealed to the local community of Yobin to enforce a ban on hunting so that the region’s pristine biodiversity is preserved.
He suggested that the Yobin Welfare Society (YWS) impose a fine on anyone found engaging in hunting.
Speaking on violence that gripped Vijaynagar in December 2020, the CM said that anyone violating the law and order will be punished.
In a democracy, one has the right to protest, but if one violates the law, it will take its course.
Anyone committing a crime, whether it be a CM, any high officials or an individual, all are punishable by the law.
He requested the people for peaceful co-existence and to always uphold the law and order.
The CM assured the locals that the government is ready to fund infrastructure, manpower and other facilities concerning health and education. He promised a new infrastructure for the Govt Middle School, Gandhigram.
Earlier the CM inaugurated a helipad and visited the Govt Middle School, Gandhigram. He also gave away three Thar jeeps for Vijaynagar administration, police and the Assam Rifles company posted here from the CM’s carcade.