ITANAGAR, Oct 22 - The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI), chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on Monday approved infrastructure projects worth Rs 2,500 crore.
Of the approved projects, Rs 1,100 crore has been earmarked for upgradation of road infrastructure in the State capital and all administrative headquarters over a period of next three years. It was also decided that existing Itanagar-Jote road would be upgraded as a State Highway.
The CCI also okayed project proposals worth Rs 75 crore for the Department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding Affairs , besides giving its seal of approval for upgradation of Police Training Center at Banderdewa, upgradation of power infrastructure, water supply projects in all newly-created districts headquarters, and comprehensive scheme for providing public amenities such as litter bins, loaders and street furniture in all major townships.
The CCI has doubled the allocation for horticulture projects pertaining to Kiwi, orange, large cardamom, etc from existing Rs 30 crore to Rs 60 crore. It has been decided that a major component of such grant would be given to the farmers directly by way of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The Committee also directed for revival of all defunct cold processing units at Namasai, Pasighat and Bhalukpong.
Proposal for introducing 10 electric buses between Itanagar and Naharlagun on pilot basis in partnership with NTPC has been approved in order to bring a relief to commuters and promote eco-friendly mode of transportation. The number of buses would be increased in subsequent years. CCI also approved creation of a new DSP Traffic Cell for the Capital Complex to regulate traffic.
The CCI also approved proposals for construction of District Secretariat complexes in the headquarters of all newly-created districts. Further, in-principle approval has been given for construction of a united Directorate complex and integrated office complex of all Commissioners of the state government in the state capital.
The other proposals that got CCI go-ahead included augmentation of water supply at Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh and notified urban centers, creation of tourist wayside amenities at important lakes, setting up of 400KV HT line and external infrastructure development at Hollongi airport site, additional funds for completing the EWS housing projects at Chimpu, Dirang, Bomdila and Palin, construction of new Police Headquarters, commissioning of three newly notified police stations at Gohpur, Chimpu and Niti Vihar, upgradation of existing PHC at Nyapin to Community Health Center, a state-of-the-art State Load Dispatch Center to bring greater efficiency in management of power infrastructure and reduce transmission and distribution losses, and construction of toilets at 2700 Anganwadi centers at a cost of Rs 20,000 per toilet, etc.