Itanagar: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh today approved in principle construction of two roads in Arunachal Pradesh namely Bameng to Lada (55 kms) and Miao to Vijaynagar (157 kms) under Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Ramesh conveyed this to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who met him at New Delhi today to discuss various matters related to the Rural Development Sector in the State, official sources informed.

Itanagar: The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is monitoring three delayed power projects scheduled to add 2,710 MW in Arunachal Pradesh.

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources and Development Agency (APBRDA) has urged Centre to provide one time grant-in-aid of Rs 15 crore for regeneration and restocking of bamboo plantation in the gregarious bamboo flowering affected areas of the State.

A delegation of APBRDA in a memorandum to Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar in New Delhi on Saturday pleaded his personal intervention to provide the grant immediately.

ITANAGAR, Oct 9 – Arunachal Pradesh, which follows the Assam Forest Regulation Act, 1891, will enact its own Forest Act to protect virgin forests and flora and fauna in the State, Principal Chief C

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Principal Chief Conservator of Forests B S Sajwan today said the State government would soon enact its own Forest Act to protect the virgin forests, besides various flora and fauna in the State.

“We are serious about framing our own forest laws to protect the State’s biodiversity,” he said while responding to queries during a Press conference here this morning. He, however, declined to divulge the time frame by which the Act would be ready and said that the process would start soon.

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government will soon recruit 112 personnel for a company of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) for more effective protection to the big cats, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said today.

“The company will be deployed in Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district and all the expenditures – both recurring and non-recurring – for raising the company will be borne by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA),” Tuki informed the assembly during discussion on The Arunachal Pradesh Forest and Special Tiger Protection Forces Bill 2012.

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh has urged the centre for speedy commissioning of the 2000 mw Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project at Gerukamukh on Assam -Arunachal border saying agitation in Assam by some organisations over the proposed dam resulted in huge loss to national exchequer.

A delegation led by MP Takam Sanjoy submitted a memorandum to Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily yesterday at New Delhi and demanded early settlement of the stalemate on the dam issue in the state, official sources informed here today.

The KSK group company, Kameng Dam Hydro Power, is working on a 420-MW hydel project

The Environment Ministry has declined clearance to hydel power project of the KSK group saying the unit proposed in Arunanchal Pradesh may fall under an area demarcated for a wildlife sanctuary, and is close to the Pakke Tiger Reserve. The KSK group company, Kameng Dam Hydro Power Pvt Ltd, is working on the 420-MW hydel power project, which has already been relocated once.

Itanagar: Despite unabated poaching of tigers in the Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, a recent camera trapping exercise has revealed existence of 35 species of various animals, including tigers and leopards.

The exercise was carried out by a Guwahati-based NGO Aaranyak with the logistic support provided by the NWSTR from the first week of February to March 29 last for a detailed report on tigers and their prey base animals, field director S J Jongsam said in a report.

The Asiatic golden cat and marbled cat are popularly called small cat species among the wild felids. Both these cats are found distributed in the South East Asian region and come from a common lineage of bay cats and inhabit moist evergreen forests. They are placed in the ‘Near threatened’ and ‘Vulnerable’ category respectively, according to the IUCN. In India, the golden cat as well as the marbled cat are found in the North East where they occur mainly in forested hills and foothills of the Lesser Himalayas.