Arunachal Pradesh: Separate Time Zone Issue

  • There is a demand for a separate time zone for the North Eastern states to improve work efficiency and save electricity in the region.
  • Currently, several daylight hours are getting wasted as government offices opens only at 10 AM and closes as early as 4 PM.
  • IST is fixed in 1906 at 82.5°, or 5.30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
  • Although it is not felt by most Indians, it really creates troubles for the people who live in North East.
  •  In North East, the day starts getting brighter by 4 AM and darker by 5 PM. The adoption of separate time zone would allow people of North East to begin early and use the time which is currently wasted.
  • The chaibagan time was introduced by the British over 150 years ago. It was set one hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time (IST) for tea estates, collieries and oil industry of Assam.

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