PM Modi launches ICCC for Gangtok, Namchi Smart Cities

PM Modi launches ICCC for Gangtok
Fri, Mar 8, 2019

GANGTOK, March 7 (IPR): The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) of Gangtok Smart City was digitally launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi today. The digital launching program was joined in the State capital by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at Chintan Bhawan. The programme was organized by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs ministry in coordination with Gangtok Smart City Development Limited and State Urban Development and Housing department.
The Prime Minister simultaneously laid the foundation stone of the ICCC 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 and 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 Centre government 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 of 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Chief Ministers of the three States before launching the integrated CCC for the five smart cities in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. Chief Minister Chamling while interacting with the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude on behalf of the people of Sikkim for laying the foundation stone of the ICCC for Gangtok and Namchi Smart Cities, along with three other cities in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. Terming the programme as historic, Chamling credited the Prime Minister for catapulting the image of the country in the global arena through his noble initiatives. He said it is because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 will lead by example.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 Sikkim is a leading developmental partner of the Centre government. After launching the Integrated CCC digitally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address expressed his happiness at being part of the new beginning for smart governance in the five smart cities of the north east. He said 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 network 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.”
The Prime Minister informed that the implementation of Integrated CCC is gathering pace all over the country. The centre has already become functional in fifteen centres in the country and work is in progress in fifty upcoming centres. The Prime Minister lauded the effective implementation of the Smart City Projects 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 parking cum recreation mall in Gangtok.
He also highlighted the various components of the Smart City Project which will be covered by the Integrated CCC. He concluded by stating that the Smart City projects will help improve the quality of life and boost the economy of the region. Chief Minister Pawan Chamling 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,” stated the Chief Minister.  
Directing his address mostly at the younger lot in the audience, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling shared his vision for making the urban centres in the State exemplary and citizen-friendly in all respect. He reminded that the vision for modern cities and urban spaces in Sikkim has already been realized with modern facilities like MG Marg in Gangtok, and the remodelled 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 shared that the government will explore several ways to store water and make them available for people.
Speaking about roads, the Chief Minister stated that Sikkim is the State with the highest density of roads. 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 in schools from the next academic session. He 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.”

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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