Press Conference at the office of Namchi Smart City Mission

Namchi, 25th June(IPR): A press conference was held in the conference hall of Namchi Smart City Mission (NSCM) regarding the status of ‘Smart City Mission’ today. The conference was chaired by CEO NSCM Mr. Ganzey Bhutia. Present amongst others were Nodal Officer, Smart City Mission Mr. Navin Rai, along with local media professionals.

Addressing the gathering, CEO Mr. Ganzey Bhutia briefed about the history and status of smart city mission in Namchi. He added that the smart city mission has today completed four years since its launch by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 25th June, 2015. Mr. Bhutia informed that the objective of smart city is to address the basic needs of the general public and informed that currently Namchi is ranked in 36th position, which is also the highest ranked smart city in the whole of North East India. He highlighted some of the important projects undertaken by NSCM namely that of Integrated Water Supply project (IWSP). The IWSP aims at providing a solution for the water scarcity problem faced by the citizens of Namchi. Presently out of the proposed length of 88 kms of water pipeline to be laid, a total of 23.25 kms has already been laid and that work has been initiated in 11 zones. Mr. Bhutia also stated that as a part of pilot initiative, co-polymer based rainwater harvesting tanks have been installed at the Namchi Government College and at Baichung stadium simultaneously. He also notified that the crematorium at Alley Gumpa, installation of LED street lights, further beautification of various areas in Namchi is under process under NSCM. He further updated that NSCM is planning to increase the existing pedestrian walkway from 5 to 13.3 kms and that phase 1 of smart pedestrian walkway which is 3.89 kms is about to be completed and phase 2 and 3 are under implementation.

Speaking about the NSCM, Mr. Navin Rai informed this mission is undertaking a project named public utilities with smart allied infrastructure which aims to provide basic public facilities like smart toilets, cobbler, tailor and organic shops all under one roof. Mr. Rai added that the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) will include features like integrated platform, smart governance and various other elements featuring modern state of art technologies. Mr. Rai also brought to light that under the NSCM, tactile tiles will be fitted in order for better navigation for the visually impaired pedestrians.

During the course of the conference, officials from the smart city mission urged that the citizens of Namchi can come up with various ideas which can be incorporated in the projects in order to transform the town in a model one

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