ITANAGAR,�Jan 22 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu laid the foundation stone of Pasighat Smart�City�project in a ceremony at the�IGJ Higher�Secondary School playground in presence of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and other dignitaries.
It is worth-mentioning that the oldest administrative town of�Arunachal Pradesh�was included in the Centre�s flagship programme, Smart Cities Mission, in June, 2017.
Khandu, while speaking on the occasion, said that Pasighat will be developed as a smart city with an investment of Rs 1,534 crore.
He informed that the core element of infrastructure development of smart city would include adequate 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.
Established in 1911, Pasighat with a population of around 25,000 was the only town from Arunachal Pradesh to figure in the Smart City list in its third round and this was the result of team effort of the local community, administration and public leaders, Khandu said and
He said the people of Arunachal will always remain thankful to the�Central Government�for approving two smart cities for the state � Pasighat and Itanagar. He added that such gesture shows the great concern and affection Prime Minister Narendra Modi has for the frontier state.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people to avail optimum benefits under the project and join hands with the Government.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was also attended among others by Deouty Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia, Rural Development Minister Alo Libang, Power (Electrical) Minister Tamiyo Taga, local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Management Kaling Moyong, Advisor to Chief Minister Lombo Tayeng, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, State BJP president Tapir Gao and Pasighat Municipal Council Chief Councillor Kaling Doruk.