Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein (File photo)

In an effort to boost mobile network connectivity and to achieve ‘Digital India Mission’ goals of the government, the Arunachal Pradesh power department is contemplating to install smart monopoles in select towns on pilot basis.

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The decision to this effect was taken by deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, who is also the minister in-charge of power department, in a meeting with the officers of the department and telecom tower company Indus Towers Limited, held at Itanagar on September 15.

Preferably, the pilot project could be undertaken at state capital complex or the state civil secretariat in Itanagar.

Mein opined that the monopole will boost digital revolution in the state as envisaged in the ‘Pradhan Mantri Digitalization Programme’ by the Union government.

“It will also boost Arunachal government’s digital programmes like online education, e-governance, e-office, etc. The main advantage of the monopole is that the citizens shall enjoy seamless network connectivity and lighting solutions as it will ensure better network connectivity,” he said.

Lighting solutions will also provide safety to the pedestrians, personal security by reducing mishaps and crimes and road accidents, smooth traffic flow during night hours with added street aesthetics. Each pole will have provision to install other smart elements like CCTV, public address system that would save the cost for other projects.

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Another benefit of the project is that it will have no financial burden on the Arunachal Pradesh government as the entire investment shall be done by Indus Towers Limited and the government will get revenue at mutually-agreed rate over the period of next 20 years, Mein informed.

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