New generation wants new wave of change: Sonowal; Connectivity biggest challenge for Arunachal, says Pema Khandu

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GUWAHATI, Oct 12: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the new generation wants a new wave of change which catapults development and employment generation in North East.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, North East is going towards a new era of development,” he said while speaking at a programme ‘India @ 75, Mission 2022’ organised by the  Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at here on Friday.

Sonowal said that the Global Investors’ Summit held at Guwahati on 3 and 4 February added a new dimension to industrialization in the state. As a result of the Act East Policy enunciated by the Centre, a new era of connectivity between North East and other ASIAN countries have been developed, he said.

He said that all the states of North East will have to work as a team which can transform the region into a nerve centre for the success of Act East Policy.

Addressing the session hosted by the editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said that the biggest challenge for Arunachal is ‘connectivity’.

He said that the state has great potentials in tourism, hydro, agri-horti sector but is not exploited to full due to lack of good connectivity. He, however, hoped that with the assistance from the Centre on rail, road and air connectivity, the connectivity bottleneck would be overcome in coming days.

On asked about future of hydropower in Arunachal, Khandu said that one of the major hindrances in its growth is the long duration for the hydro projects to obtain clearances that extends beyond 10 years. He said the issue must be discussed to sort out such hindrances.

Khandu also brought forth the people’s sentiments attached with their land. He said locals must be taken into confidence before going ahead with hydro projects. He further said that the concerns of downstream people must also be taken onboard.

The chief minister further called for combined focus area for investment in North East. He said that the region as well the state has best quality horticulture products.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and deputy chief minister of Tripura Jishnu Dev Varma also attended the session.

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