ITANAGAR, January 29: Chief Minister Pema Khandu voiced deep concern over the escalating practice of earth cutting in the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun during the Itanagar Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) first Foundation Day celebration at the DK Convention Centre.
Addressing citizens, Khandu emphasized the need for a shift in mindset, urging them to preserve the natural landscape by avoiding extensive earth cutting while constructing homes. He pointed to the example of hill states like Sikkim, where houses are designed harmoniously with the terrain.
Highlighting the adverse impacts of rampant earth cutting, the Chief Minister cited increased building costs and environmental degradation. He urged citizens to be mindful of these consequences and advised the IMC to spearhead awareness initiatives.
In a positive development, Khandu announced forthcoming projects, including smart street lights, enhanced drainage systems, and the removal of unsightly electricity transmission lines. He also acknowledged the urgency of addressing solid waste management, revealing plans for two waste management plants in Naharlagun and Itanagar.
Concerned about the environmental impact of single-use plastic, Khandu disclosed plans for a stringent policy to combat pollution. He assured the IMC of the state government’s support in transforming the capital city and pledged to address coordination issues with government departments.
The event, attended by MLAs, IMC Mayor Tame Phassang, corporators, officials, and guests, underscored the collective commitment to sustainable development, waste management, and tackling issues like traffic congestion and parking spaces.