Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has advocated for revival of Stilwell Road, the gateway to South East Asia. He said while speaking at the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival. The opening of the road can transform the economy of Arunachal Pradesh by making it a production hub for feeding the Myanmarese and western Chinese markets. In the absence of road connectivity with China and South-East Asia, the much-hyped Look East Policy has not brought much benefit to the North-Eastern Region of India. The Governor hoped that once the road is opened, Nampong will be a hub for International business. Stating that at present Jairampur-Nampong region is poised to take off as favourable tourist destination and also as commercial hub in terms ofborder trade and bilateral commercial engagement with Myanmar in the wake of ‘Look East’ policy of Government of India, it is imperative that enabling policy decision ought to be taken and implemented by the State and Central governments. He also called for extending of Miao Namdapha tourist circuit to Jairampur-Nampong-Pangsau Pass region so as to provide the opportunity to develop the tourism potential of the region.
The historic road of Stilwell is located in the town of Jairampur in the Changlang District. This road was constructed by the Americans during the Second World War from Ledo in Assam, which is one of the rail heads of the Bengal-Assam railway line. This road passes from the upper Brahmaputra to Burma Road connecting to Kunming. It winds up the passes of 9000 ft Patkai Range and emerges at Shindbwiyang and then Myitkyina. Then it crosses the broad bowl of the Upper Chindwin, which forms the threads of the Hukawng and Mogaung valleys and goes down to Bhamo and to the Burma Road connecting Kunming. Originally the road was called as the Ledo Road but later it was named after the General Joseph Warren Stilwell, who was the Chief of Staff to Allied Forces in China-Burma-India
theatre. This road was constructed under his direct supervision.