12th Aug 2019 08:08:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Urban Development Minister Kamlung Mosang a couple of days back made inspections of a number of on-going projects and gave strict directions to the department officials and implementing agencies to  meet the respective completion deadlines. Adhering to deadlines for completion of infrastructure projects is a ‘once in a blue moon’ affair in Arunachal and reminders of this kind is always a necessity for getting things done within right times since the gap in the state’s overall infrastructure count is still huge.

It is a matter of general observation that pace of development of a region cutting across both industry and agriculture is directly proportional to the availability of infrastructural facilities and it is often said that infrastructures are the pillars on which the entire economy stands and aspires to move ahead. Infrastructure in its totality encompasses a host of sectors such as road connectivity,   power, communication, education, health and hygiene to name a few. And according to the best brains of the subject of economicslink between infrastructure and development is not a once for all affair, but rather a continuous process that demands periodic review for reaching the declared objectives of economic development. In the Indian context, high priority was given to development of infrastructure from very beginning since in the first six Five-year Plans, about 55 to 61 per cent of total plan outlay was devoted to infrastructure creation alone. Coming to current period, estimates suggest that country’s infrastructure spending is projected to touch at least Rs 50 lakh crore within financial year 2021-22. But in spite of these prolonged efforts it is a hard reality that equitable creation of infrastructure has not been achieved even after 72 years of attaining independence which has resulted in stark regional disparity. Northeast and more visibly Arunachal which is blessed with immeasurable volumes of natural resources, on the strength of which alone the state  could have been a vibrant economic and industrial corridor has lagged far behind the rest of the country and the most observable reason which few will differ is undoubtedly the inadequacy of infrastructures. Investors both within and overseas have shied away or rather overlooked this part of the land mainly due to this reason. The other reason which haunts them is the apprehension of overlapping of scheduled deadlines that naturally increases cost of projects. It is a great hurdle for progress in an era when public-private partnership is gradually becoming the mainstay of any new economic venture.

If the state nurtures the true intention to catch up fast with the rest, meeting deadlines of projects, irrespective of sizes is a must and watchful eyes of this kind must exercise a constant vigil until their total completions.  

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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