Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, also the Minister in-charge of Power on Thursday virtually inaugurated 384 newly-installed smart street lights through a mobile app across six new locations in Itanagar Capital Complex.
The virtual launch took place in presence of Advisor to the Power Minister, Balo Raja, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso, Pakke Kessang MLA Biyuram Wahge, Secretary (Power) Ajay Kr Bisht, APEDA Director Marbom Bam, and senior officials of Power Department.
A mobile app called ‘Bel Citisol – One Control App’ was also launched during the event, through which the newly installed street lights will be operated.
During the launching ceremony, Mein said that the newly installed street lights will add aesthetic value to the capital town besides giving a secure feeling to the commuters and citizens during night hours.
He added that these smart street lights are an effort of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to make the Itanagar Capital Complex a smart city and to promote energy efficiency. He also stated that installation of street lights is expected to improve the lighting infrastructure in the Capital Complex, reduce crime in the area, and benefit Itanagar residents.
The Dy Chief Minister said that the power connectivity is one of the development indexes of any state or country and presently the State Govt is making every effort to rapidly enhance the power supply though execution of transmission line under RDSS (Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme) and Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission and Distribution.
The Dy Chief Minister also informed that the construction works for the largest hydropower project, 2880 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project, have commenced with the allotment of construction works. Soon, the construction of six new hydropower projects will also begin in the current year, he disclosed.
Itanagar Electrical Division’s Executive Engineer Joram Lali informed that till now, a total of 1672 smart street lights have been installed across Arunachal Pradesh, and testing and commissioning of street lights in four more towns – Tawang, Seppa, Namsai, and Changlang is expected to be done in mid-April. He also informed that through the mobile app, every street light in Arunachal Pradesh can be monitored, and if there is any kind of failure or malfunction, they will be alerted by the app.