Itanagar legislator Techi Kaso on Tuesday said “the master plan for Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) should focus on the developmental aspect of the entire region and the benefit of villagers or land donors should never be compromised while preparing it.”

Kaso was addressing a meeting of the Itanagar Planning Authority in the capital to finalize the Geographic Information System (GIS)-based Master Plan of ICR.

The MLA suggested the department of town planning to explore the possibility of colony wise development while giving way to the construction of new buildings in place of old dilapidated government quarters that could accommodate more number of families and save space for further planning.

“Proper planning made now would benefit the generations to come,” he said.

Doimukh MLA Tana Hali urged the departments concerned to extend all possible help from their end in implementing the plan.

“We should leave an example for the next generation,” he said while suggesting that some modalities should be worked out to solve the issue of encroachment of government quarters.

This is the need of the hour and the same could be included in the Master Plan, he said.

ICR deputy commissioner Komkar Dulom termed the meeting as historic as the GIS-based Master Plan of Itanagar Capital Region was being finalized which would lead to the development of the Capital in every aspect.

Highlighting that the Master Plan is a comprehensive one which will help in future programming, the DC informed that it would include every aspect of development including health and the educational sectors, market issues, amusement parks, parking areas, etc.

Dulom urged every department to work out modalities and submit their proposal for inclusion in the final plan.

The DC further suggested that provision for metros could be worked out for the future to ease communication. He also suggested for vertical development of space instead of horizontal to ensure maximum utilization.

Dulom also urged that house mapping should be carried out to find out the actual resources available with the state government.

Town Planning director Sukhvindar Singh informed that the Master Plan would be inclusive of all the required data and could be used for reference by all the departments.

He said no land acquisition would be done as the intention of the plan itself is to regulate the growth of the town in a systematic manner.

The department will not acquire the land but help in developing the areas, Singh said.

Prof Nishamani Kar from Rajiv Gandhi University also spoke and shared his knowledge of the subject.

Earlier nodal officer, Likha Suraj, through a power-point presentation informed the objective of the formulation of the GIS-based Master Plan of ICR is to develop a common digital Geo-referenced base maps and land use maps using GIS in each AMRUT city to enable them to make more strategic decisions.

The Ministry of Urban Development has selected Itanagar Capital Region as the lone AMRUT city of the state and the project is being implemented by the department of town planning.

Representatives of M/s Remote Sensing Instrument Hyderabad which has been awarded the work also gave a presentation on the Master Plan of ICR.

Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu and a host of other government officers attended the meeting.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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