The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has allocated about Rs 6,000 crore for the development of the Frontier Highway project in Arunachal Pradesh, aiming to strengthen connectivity in border regions. This ambitious initiative, spanning 1,748 km and running parallel to the India-Tibet-China-Myanmar border, is set to begin construction in April this year.
Collaboration for Construction
The State Public Works department, Border Road Organisation, and National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation will collaborate on the construction process. The project will be implemented in phases, with plans to complete nearly 400 km by the end of the current fiscal year, generating employment opportunities for local residents.
Addressing Migration Patterns
Highlighting the strategic significance of the Frontier Highway, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari highlighted its potential to enhance connectivity to border areas and stimulate economic development. The initiative is expected to address migration patterns and promote reverse migration towards Arunachal Pradesh’s border regions, contributing to the socio-economic upliftment of the area.
Strategic Development & Connectivity
The construction of the two-lane highway is crucial for facilitating strategic movements by defence forces and linking vital river basins. Furthermore, it will support the advancement of numerous hydropower projects across the State. The project is envisioned to not only improve connectivity but also to bolster regional development and security along the border regions of Arunachal Pradesh.
The allocation of funds for the Frontier Highway underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure in border areas, fostering economic growth, and ensuring national security.