To chalk out a strategy and conceptualize a master plan for the beautification and holistic development of Seppa and its adjacent areas, the Seppa Town Planning Committee (STPC) on Tuesday convened its first meeting.

The meeting of the recently-formed Seppa Town Planning Committee was held at the Kameng Hall.

Seppa, the district headquarters of East Kameng district, is around 214km from state capital, Itanagar.

Local MLA Tapuk Taku, who co-chaired the meet, appreciated the district administration led by deputy commissioner, P Pravimal Abhishek for the initiative and called for more such meetings to be held involving all the stakeholders for the progressive development of Seppa.

Taku on his part called for proper assessment and demarcation of physical boundaries of the town and its adjacent areas.

He also suggested for coming up with a long-term plan encompassing all basic amenities which is directed towards the integrated expansion of town.

Regarding ODF and traffic management, Taku instructed the district urban development agency (DUDA) to monitor and generate awareness amongst people on the ill-effects of open defecation and directed the police for proper enforcement of all rules on traffic regulation.

He also urged the people to cooperate with the police and obey traffic rules.

The MLA further assured to extend all possible assistance from his end for the progressive development of the town and appealed to all the stakeholders to cooperate and coordinate with the administration for the same.

DC Abhishek highlighted the salient features of the Arunachal Pradesh Urban and Country Planning Act and AP Municipal Act in regulating the haphazard development of Seppa town.

He dwelt at length on the role and responsibility and power of Local Planning Authority as enshrined in the Act and later explained the strategy to chalk out a master plan for the development of the district headquarters.

In order to empower and revitalize DUDA, the DC called for judicious utilization of all government assets so as to generate more revenue for the agency.

Regarding parking of vehicles, solid waste management and illegal encroachment, Abhishek informed that consultation is underway to assess and resolve all the issues.

Assistant town planner, Chami Tok, briefed the gathering on the aims and objectives of town planning and its advantages, process and components while additional deputy commissioner Dahey Sangno urged all to extend their support for the comprehensive development of the town.

Following the meeting, the house unanimously resolved to activate the Local Town Planning Authority of Seppa, assess the present land use pattern of the township and accordingly prepare an interim plan for the next 5-10 years.

The house also decided to explore alternative solutions to resolve the parking issues and empower and generate revenue for the DUDA through value addition of its assets besides identifying land for Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

Remodeling of present government assets for town beautification and survey to check rampant encroachment were the other resolutions taken in the meeting.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com