Connectivity and development will no longer be a dream for the residents of Tame Chung Chung, a border village in Arunachal Pradesh.
Rugged terrain, impenetrable vegetation and hostile weather conditions translated into inaccessibility for the tiny village of Tame Chung Chung, in the Upper Subanisiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Easily among India’s most remote villages, Tame Chung Chung is located near the frontier with Tibet and has remained cut off from the rest of the country for several decades now.
The village – locally known as ‘The Land of Snakes’ – finally gained accessibility this week as a part of the Border Road Organisation’s (BRO) Project Arunank.
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Project Arunank has a vital role to play in the socio-economic development of Arunachal Pradesh, through the development of strategic roads and a robust communication system, the BRO reports. The Project’s focus is on ensuring accessibility to remote districts like Kurung Kumey, Papumapre, New Palin, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and East Kameng – thereby living up to its motto ‘Pragati ka Surya-Arunank – the Sun of Development’
As a report in the Indian Defence Review indicates, the Nacho-Tame Chung Chung section was both, the most difficult and strategically important route – given the Chinese presence nearby.
A large number of soldiers suffered severe injuries during the construction of the road. Expensive equipment – ranging in crores – was also lost in landslides. Yet, the move will bring in some much needed development to these border villages. As the BRO reports, “Tame Chung Chung is at the confluence of Taksing and Maja valleys, it acts as a gateway to both the valleys and its connectivity was essential for further development of the area.”
Hats off to the untiring efforts of the Border Roads Organisation. Their efforts will translate into happier days for border villages across India.