Itanagar: Chief minister Pema Khandu on Monday inaugurated the 24th district of Arunachal Pradesh — Lepa Rada — at a grand function held in Basar.
Lepa Rada has been carved out of the four circles of Tirbin, Dari, Sago and Basar of Lower Siang district with its headquarters at Basar.
It is also one of the three districts recently created by the government in the state, which would eventually have a total of 25 districts once Pakke-Kesang is inaugurated. Khandu inaugurated Shi Yomi, the 23rd district of the state, on Sunday.
On the occasion, the CM also unveiled the vision statement of the new district in which it promises to make Lepa Rada a model district where rule of law, discipline, equality, brotherhood, peace, social harmony, progress and prosperity shall be the guiding principles.
Congratulating the people, Khandu said the dreams that were sown ten years ago has finally been fulfilled. He said it was on this day in 2008 that former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu had promised to fulfill the wishes of Lepa Rada citizens.
Reading out the vision statement, he urged the people to stand by it. He said the zeal and enthusiasm to make Lepa Rada a model district is already visible and hoped that in days to come, the mission will be fulfilled.
The chief minister further promised that for creation of infrastructure for development of new district headquarters, funds provision will be placed in the coming budget session. He also assured that for immediate functioning of the new headquarters whatever initial funding is required will be fulfilled.
He appreciated Gumin Rego Kilaju, a local NGO, for its commendable work in preservation of natural ecosystem of the Basar area and working for sustainable development.
Khandu said the government is working to improve connectivity in the Basar and Aalo area to exploit the huge potential it offers in horticulture and agriculture.
He said the survey is already on for railway connectivity to Aalo. On air connectivity, the chief minister said due to technical reasons, the Aalo advance landing ground is unable to land fixed winged aircrafts and that a new land will be identified for construction of a new airport wherever feasible in the nearby area.
The chief minister’s speech was followed by ceremonial flag handover to the deputy commissioner Duly Kamdak of the new district by chief secretary Satya Gopal and DGP SBK Singh.
Earlier, a grand reception of the guests was held where they were given ride atop a Jeep and taken to Todak Basar Memorial stadium where a public function to celebrate the occasion awaited.
The chief minister unveiled the bust of late Todak Basar and also laid the foundation stone for Karko Heritage cum museum building. He further inaugurated the 4-km PMGSY road from Basar to Lape executed by the rural works department.
Union MoS for home Kiren Rijiju, who was also present on the occasion, inaugurated the 15m RCC slab bridge over Sie River while deputy chief minister Chowna Mein inaugurated the office of the executive engineer (highway).
Also present among others were BJP state president Tapir Gao and local MLA Gojen Gadi.