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Foundation laid to make Pasighat ‘Smart’
PASIGHAT, Jan 21: Chief minister Pema Khandu today laid the foundation stone for the Smart City at the IGJHS school playground here in presence of Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju.
Speaking at the formal event, Khandu said that an investment of Rs 1534 crore for development of infrastructure will include electricity and water supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, robust IT connectivity and safety and security of citizens, particularly of women and children.
The chief minister said the people of Arunachal Pradesh will always remain thankful to the central government for approving two smart cities for the state despite being a small state.
“Pasighat, with a population of around 25,000, was the only town from Arunachal Pradesh to figure in the list of the third round and this is the result of the team effort of the local community, administration and public leaders. I salute the people of Pasighat for their hard work and determination,” said Khandu.
Stating that he was always hopeful that Itanagar, too, would be selected as a smart city, which is now fulfilled, Khandu said that “it is the effort of ‘Team Arunachal’ due to which even after being a small state we are capable of gaining two smart cities”.
He informed that the centre had offered fund for smart city mission in the ratio of 50:50 and a delegation was led by him to request the PM to adopt the 90:10 ration – 90 percent by the central government and 10 percent by the state considering the feeble economy of the North-eastern states. The PM responded positively and assured to examine the matter, informed the chief minister.
Khandu appealed to the people of the historic town to discourage bandh culture and fight against all odds in making Pasighat people friendly and crime-free city to realize the long-felt dream of turning Pasighat into a smart city.
While highlighting other developmental issues, Khandu said that the present government has given special emphasis on road communication including the establishment of ALG and railway connectivity for which 12 locations have been chosen for the survey which needs public supports to transform into reality.
He also informed that all exercise to shift divisional offices of engineering departments to their respective zones are being completed and list of officials are being kept ready to be posted. He said that as a result, Central Zone offices of PWD and Power department are being established at Pasighat.