ITANAGAR, July 1: Urban Affairs Minister Balo Raja on Monday convened an interactive meeting with officials of the Town Planning Department at the conference hall of Smart City Surveillance in the Civil Secretariat here.

Referring to the state government’s high-prioritized 24 action items, Raja said development of future-ready Itanagar-Naharlagun twin capital city figured in the list and underlined the importance for collective approach by all stakeholders towards ensuring its end results.

Expected outcomes of developing the future-ready capital twin city are “making improvements in city life including efficient traffic management, adequate drinking water, sustainable waste management, disaster proofing and enhancing the financial sustainability of the Municipal Corporation, he said.

The minister advocated for a separate sitting for the purpose.

He praised the determined efforts of the Directorate of Town Planning for framing of important Acts/Rules pertaining to various reforms such as building bye-laws, AP Real Estate Acts/Rules, Airport Area Planning & Development Act/Rules etc., besides preparation of master plan for ICR among others.

Raja, however, reckoned that the desired results and benefits of the reforms cannot be achieved without fully implementing the provisions in letter and spirit, and therefore, stressed the need for strict implementation of the reforms without any compromise or favor.

The minister directed the department to list out the details of the buildings in the ICR for effective implementation of building byelaws, property tax, tenancy rules, real estate act/rules etc.

Since public awareness is necessary for successful results, the minister advised the department to take needful steps in this regard to reach out to the citizens through social media, FM radio and other available platforms.

In the meeting, Urban Affairs Commissioner Vivek Pandey presented the current status of waste management, especially in Itanagar Capital Region.

He said a strategy needs to be adopted for addressing this important issue for a permanent solution.

A team of consultants is on tour to all the districts to study the issue related to liquid waste management and the report is expected soon, Pandey added.

Earlier, Town Planning director Likha Suraj through a detailed PowerPoint presentation highlighted the aims and objectives of the department.

He also briefed about the process and status of town planning vis-à-vis preparation of master plans for the notified towns and the capital as well.

Suraj disclosed that the department was unable to implement various rules/acts with the skeleton manpower available with it at present, and requested for early consideration of strengthening of the department with creation of important additional posts whose proposals were pending with the government.

Urban Affairs secretary Nyali Ete, joint secretary Millo Kojin and other officials of the Directorate of Town Planning attended the meeting.