ITANAGAR, July 3 � Arunachal State Cabinet on Friday approved an ambitious project called �Infrastructure Development of Twin Capital City � Itanagar and Naharlagun� that would provide the twin cities with modern amenities like flyovers, metro cable cars, automated car parking slots, multi-utility city centres and other facilities synonymous with a model metro-city.
The Cabinet with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the chair gave the go-ahead signal to the project that would include three flyovers, a three-storeyed City Centre, a metro-cable car service, an automated multi-level car parking facility, a double-lane bypass, a transit centre for State Transport buses and an elaborate storm water drainage system at an estimated cost of about Rs 1,500 crore. The required funding is likely from multilateral agencies through Department of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Finance, according to an official release here.
As per the project proposal, three flyovers have been planned � two at Itanagar and one at Naharlagun � basically to streamline the hugely congested traffic flow, which is increasing day by day at an alarming rate. The three highly built-up market areas that witness maximum traffic congestion have been identified where the flyovers have been proposed. These are Ganga Market and Bank Tinali at Itanagar and the main market area at Naharlagun.
The City Centre, according to plan, is to be established at Naharlagun with sufficient parking space and facilities of lifts and with all modern amenities. The centre will accommodate super markets and departmental stores, retail commercial shops, food courts and multiplexes. The objective is to cater to the needs for organised commercial, retail and entertainment infrastructure to the citizens.
The most significant infrastructure development plan is the construction of a metro cable car service, which will not only ease commuting within the Capital Complex but also add to the tourism prospect of the State. As per survey, this mode of communication is most eco-friendly with no air emissions, no noise pollution, non-hazardous by-product with least tree felling.
Another state-of-art infrastructure proposed is the construction of an automated multi-level car parking facility at Itanagar. Other developments proposed in the project are a bypass (double-lane) for the capital from Naharlagun to Itanagar via Chimpu, a multi-utility transit centre for State-run buses and an elaborate storm water drainage system.