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Dibang Valley struggling for survival
Published on 16 Dec. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has been battling for survival ever since the district was cut off from rest of the country eight months ago following snapping of surface communications with many vital roads being washed away by torrential rains.
The eastern district bordering China is in total darkness since the last couple of months as various power projects were badly damaged in the recent floods coupled with massive landslips.
Telecommunication was also disrupted after breakdown of BSNL network. Prices of essential commodities are so high that it has become impossible for ordinary citizens to afford them.
“We are very frustrated with the response of state government. We are facing so much of problem and each day our hope is getting bleak due to lackadaisical attitude of the government,” Omila Migi, a local district leader, commented.
He lambasted the state government for its “indifferent attitude” in solving the crisis on a war-footing.
“We request the state government to solve all the crises being faced by the district at the earliest and not concentrate on only signing MoA, MoU with private hydro power developer for projects in the district,” another frustrated local said.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for maintaining roads in the district, is also facing public ire.
“We are aware of the problems faced by the people of the district and have approached the BRO authorities for early restoration of road communication in Dibang Valley. All the concerned departments have been directed to work on war footing to restore power and telecommunication services,” chief minister Dorjee Khandu said in a press conference here recently.
The state government had appraised the matter to the Centre and requested for funds to solve the present crisis, he had said.
An eight-member inter-ministerial team, led by the ministry of home affairs Joint Secretary K K Pathak conducted aerial and field survey of flood-affected districts of East Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley, Lohit, Anjaw, Papum Pare, East Kameng and Tawang from December 7 to assess the damage caused by floods.
Director General of Border Roads (DGBR) S Ravishanker, accompanied by chief engineer of Project Udayak and other BRO officials from Delhi, visited Anini, the district headquarters, yesterday to have a have first-hand account of the pathetic condition of roads, official sources informed.
Ravishanker made an aerial survey of the various flood-hit areas and directed the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) to expedite the ongoing construction work of Ambuli bridge and restore complete road connectivity between Anini and Roing.
As an interim arrangement to help the public, the DGBR vowed to provide two vehicles for transporting essential goods from Ambuli bridge point to Anini via Etabe and ALG road, which is also in dilapidated condition, until the restored bridge is launched.
He also assured that the road between Etalin and Malinye will be connected within ten days, sources added.

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