Integrated Command & Control Centres launched for Gangtok and Namchi

Gangtok, Mar 7 (IPR): In a major development for the State of Sikkim, the Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC) of Gangtok Smart City was digitally launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi from New Delhi today.

The digital launch program was joined here by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at Chintan Bhawan.

The program was organized by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in coordination with Gangtok Smart City Development Limited and Department of Urban Development & Housing.

The Prime Minister simultaneously laid the foundation stone of the Integrated Control & Command Centre for five smart cities namely Namchi and Gangtok in Sikkim, Pasighat and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, and Agartala in Tripura through live video conferencing. The video conference was also joined by Chief Ministers of Tripura and the Urban Development Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

An Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC) is a centre for information collection, analysis, decision making and management. Its primary purpose is to gather and process all the information required to plan and respond quickly and effectively to potential emergency incidents.

The Smart City Mission is an innovative and new initiative by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.

The objective of the Smart City Mission is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ solutions.

Hence, the Smart City Development Limited (Gangtok and Namchi) in its endeavour to provide citizens with facilities that resonate with overarching principles and objectives of Smart City Mission of Government of India, have finalized a system integrator for implementation of project that will deliver ICCC and its backbone infrastructure for residents of the two cities.

The Prime Minister interacted with Chief Ministers of the three States before launching the Integrated CCCC for the five smart cities.

The Chief Minister, while interacting with the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude on behalf of the people of Sikkim for laying the foundation stone of the Integrated Command & Control Centre for Gangtok and Namchi Smart Cities.

Terming the program as historic, Mr Chamling credited the Prime Minister for catapulting the image of the country in the global arena through his noble initiatives.

He said that it is because of the Prime Minister that the world looks at India with a lot of respect. He added that the State Government will continue to implement the Smart City Projects earnestly and lead by example.

The Prime Minister credited the development of India to the strength and determination of the people of the country. He lauded the initiatives taken by Sikkim under the Smart City Project and said that Sikkim was a leading developmental partner of the Government of India.

After launching the Integrated CCC digitally, the Prime Minister, in his address, expressed happiness on being part of the new beginning for smart governance in the five smart cities of the north east.

He said that the launch of the ICCC is a welcome step where the urban centres of North East India will use its pool of skilled human resources to explore the potential to emerge as a growth hub. He said that the Integrated CCC will enable the cities to identify their potential and challenges and catalyse smart solutions to tackle them.

He added that digital technology will be used to integrate different service networks to facilitate ease of living. The ICCC will enable real time collaboration between different departments and agencies of the Government, he added.

“I believe that with the system in place, administration will be able to respond to emergencies and exigencies in real time and give smart solutions wherever necessary,” he said.

The Prime Minister informed that the implementation of Integrated CCC is gathering pace all over the country. The centre has already become functional at 15 centres and work is underway at 50 upcoming centres.

The Prime Minister lauded the effective implementation of the Smart City Project in Namchi and Gangtok.

He mentioned the implementation of the LED street lights, footpaths and integrated water supply in Namchi and the rain water harvesting and multi-level car paring cum recreation mall in Gangtok, in this regard.

He also highlighted the various components of the Smart City Project which will be covered by the Integrated CCC and concluded by stating that the Smart City projects will help improve the quality of life and boost the economy of the region.

The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for making special mention of projects under Namchi and Gangtok smart cities.

“We have to understand from the Prime Minister’s statement that Sikkim is a development-oriented State and is leading the way,” he said.

Directing his address mostly at the younger members of the audience, the Chief Minister shared his vision of making urban centres of the State exemplary and citizen-friendly in all respects. He reminded that the vision for modern cities and urban spaces in Sikkim has already been realized with modern facilities like the MG Marg in Gangtok, and the re-modelled markets throughout the State.

He shared his Government’s vision to create underground cities throughout the State which will de-congest urban areas and will ensure optimum utilization of the limited available resources. He also shared that the Government will create underground water tunnel from the sources to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the people.

He stated that the Government will explore several ways to store water and make them available for people.

About roads, the Chief Minister stated that Sikkim has the highest density of roads among all states. He shared that in one year’s time, all the State highways will be world class.

He also reiterated the Government’s idea of creating tunnel roads in state highways connecting all the four districts. He informed that the Sirwani-Legship tunnel road is at implementation stage.

Speaking on education sector, the Chief Minister announced that the Government will introduce Sex Health Education in school curriculum from the next academic session. He also spoke about the incentives being provided to bring about quality in education and to ensure that every single person in the State has access to education. He concluded his address with a word of advice to the students, “Each one of us is special in our own way and it is futile to compare ourselves with others. At the most, we can take inspiration from others.”