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Smart city plan for Jaigaon

The entry point to Bhutan from Jaigaon. Picture by Anirban Choudhury

Alipurduar, July 11: The principal secretary of the state urban development department today held a meeting at Jaigoan to discuss the plans to develop the town as a smart city.

Firhad Hakim, the minister in-charge of the state department of urban development, had recently announced that a few places in Bengal would be developed as smart cities. Jaigaon is 61km from here.

A smart city is one where all civic amenities are controlled by information and technology. The main aim in Jaigaon is to make it a major trade and tourism hub as it is on the India-Bhutan border.

“Today, we discussed the plan of action and have formed a committee under the leadership of Akash Magharia, the assistant superintendent of Alipurduar, who will recommend new roads to avoid congestion and a new parking zone. A number of market complexes, too, will come up in Jaigaon,” said Debasish Sen, the principal secretary of the state urban development department.