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Arunachal: Pema Khandu emphasizes on scientific drainage master plan for Itanagar Capital Region

ITANAGAR- Chief Minister Pema Khandu emphasized on having a GIS based and scientifically approved drainage master plan for Itanagar capital region to mitigate flash floods and landslides often witnessed every year during the monsoons.

Chairing a meeting on such a master plan by Town Planning department here today, Khandu said almost 70% causes for such floods are man-made and only about 30% is natural. He therefor suggested that while taking into account the geographical and geological aspects of the region for the master plan, a mechanism has to be developed to stop rampant earth cutting, encroachment of natural streams and disposal of garbage into drains.

He made it clear that construction of roads and drainages must be included in one package as one project.

“Construction of roads must also include construction of drains along the road by the same executing agency and the contractor,” he said.

Khandu also expressed concern over the confusion in rules of business amongst engineering departments like urban development, PWD, RWD, PHED, WRD, etc which has led to overlapping and duplicity of several projects besides lack of maintenance of completed projects.

He directed the Chief Secretary to immediately bring clarity in business rules and roles of all such departments, especially those which have engineers in their payroll.

“It must be made clear through a notification to the departments of their roles, jurisdiction and responsibilities. And to avoid overlapping and duplicity of projects Town Planning department can be made the nodal agency to give clearance to all such proposed projects,” he said.

Responding to the GIS master plan on drainage system in the capital complex, prepared by En-Geo Consultancy & Research Center, Guwahati, Khandu directed the department to go through the master plan minutely and in detail.

“The plan is a roadmap to ‘what we need to do’. But now we have to concentrate on ‘how to do’. This needs brainstorming and coordination amongst all stakeholders which include the Itanagar Municipal Council and the Smart City Project besides the line departments,” he pointed.

To give the plan a trial, Khandu asked IMC Mayor Tame Phassang and capital MLA Techi Kaso to suggest two sectors – one each in Itanagar and Naharlagun, for construction of a drainage system based on GIS mapping.

A GIS based Itanagar development master plan, a roadmap for development of the capital region keeping in view the scenario of next 25 years, was also presented to the Chief Minister on the occasion.

The master plan includes identification and development of residential and industrial areas, sewerage and drainage, solid waste management, tourism, commercial corridor, public and semi-public spaces, etc. It also proposes a detailed plan for new roads, footpaths, interconnecting bridges, flyover, alternative routes, improvement of road-junctions, etc.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Urban Development Minister Kamlung Mossang, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso, Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong, IMC Mayor Tame Phassang, the Chief Secretary, Finance Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, Secretary UD and other officials of UD and Town Planning attended the meeting.

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