Itanagar, June 13: Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh demanded a separate time zone for the Northeastern state to improve work efficiency and save electricity in the region. CM Pema Khandu said that northeast should have a separate time zone.
Khandu is the second Chief Minister from Northeast, after former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, favoring a separate time zone for the region.
“A separate time zone for northeast would save working day light-time and save electricity,” said the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister. According to the Indian Standard Time (IST) is calculated on the basis of 82.5 E longitude, in Shankargarh Fort, in Mirzapur near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. India’s geographical spread from the east to west is vast and there is a huge difference between sunset and sunrise time in eastern and western parts of the country. There are different views on the issue as many experts feel the cost of saving electricity wouldn’t be much and it could lead to chaos in a densely populated country like India.
In March, the Gauhati High Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the central government to have separate time zone for the Northeast, including Assam. The government informed the Court that a high-level committee constituted by the ministry of science and technology has already dealt with this issue.