Pasighat prepares for Smart City race amidst fund constraints

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Feb 16: Every town/city shortlisted as Smart City by the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI was allocated funds to the amount of Rs 2 crore each by the concerned ministry for preparation of master plan or Detailed Project Report (DPR). However, Pasighat Municipal Council has allegedly not received the allotted funds till today even after one year and six months.
Reportedly, the preparations for first and second round race for top 20, wherein Pasighat could not get selected were also managed with limited funds from other available heads.
Municipal Executive Officer, PMC, Ainstein Koyu has stated that they are managing the resources with much limitation for this third round preparation. He, however, added that best efforts have been put in by the new consultant Voyants Solutions Pvt Ltd for the third round preparations.
Another Smart City Core Committee Member, Dr Narmi Darang, an Assistant Professor, said that, they are managing the requirements with their sources, like shopkeepers. The cash awards for the winners of Smart City Marathon race held on February 12 was also managed jointly by the contribution of MLA Pasighat East, Kaling Moyong and PMC Chief Councilor, Kaling Doruk.
Speaking on the delay in fund release, MLA Moyong said that he, along with the PMC Chief Councilor had met the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary for early release of funds. On the part of the PMC, Chief Councilor Doruk said that he is hoping for the funds to be released shortly.

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