Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Urges Sustainable Building Practices in Itanagar, Inspired by Shillong’s Model


Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has appealed to the residents of Itanagar, the capital city, to adopt an environmentally conscious growth model, drawing inspiration from the eco-friendly building practices observed in Shillong. Expressing concern over widespread earth cutting in Itanagar and Naharlagun, the Chief Minister underscored the importance of preserving the scenic landscape and environmental balance.

Khandu praised Shillong’s distinctive approach, where residents construct houses in harmony with the natural terrain, minimizing extensive earth cutting. Observing the landscape from a helicopter, the Chief Minister expressed worry about the significant earth cutting in Itanagar and Naharlagun, emphasizing the imminent impact on the region’s identity as a hilly state and the potential alteration of its natural beauty.

┬áPema Khandu urges Itanagar residents to follow Shillong’s eco-friendly building mode.

“When reaching the capital complex by helicopter, I witness massive earth cutting in Itanagar and Naharlagun, which will soon change our concept of being a hilly state and alter the natural landscape by destroying its beauty,” stated CM Khandu.

He urged citizens to adopt an economic development approach that aligns with ecological balance principles, emphasizing the need to regulate hill earth cutting to protect ecologically sensitive areas. The Chief Minister advocated for a holistic disaster management strategy, treating the Earth as the mother to prevent the reckless exploitation of natural resources.

“We need to learn from Shillong and adopt an approach to economic development in sync with the concept of ecological balance. We should regulate cutting of hill earth and prevent damage to ecologically sensitive sites to check the practice by private individuals causing damage to roads. Citizens should exercise caution and display responsibility in preserving the natural beauty that defines the town,” urged CM Khandu.

Addressing the financial burden caused by excessive earth cutting, he called for a change in mindset among residents. Specifically, CM Khandu highlighted the issue of earth cutting during winters leading to damage in the rainy summer season, resulting in the deterioration of roads and drains. He urged citizens to take responsibility and avoid placing blame on the government for the situation.

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