STAFF Reporter

Vehicles plying on the submerged AK Dev Road at Datalpara following a heavy afternoon shower in Guwahati on Tuesday. – UB Photos

 GUWAHATI, May 9 – Though any infrastructure work related to the smart city project in Guwahati is unlikely to start within this financial year, the State government is hopeful of completing the project within the stipulated time of five years.

Replying to a question by AGP’s Ramendra Narayan Kalita during Question Hour in the State Legislative Assembly today, GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Tata Consultancy Engineers has been appointed as the project management consultant for the project and the detailed project report (DPR) would be ready by December this year.

A smart city advisory committee would be formed with all the MLAs and the MP of Guwahati to ensure their total involvement in the project.

The Union government has sanctioned Rs 189 crore for the smart city project in Guwahati. The State government would also give an equal amount for the project.

“Till now, tendering process for the projects – ‘system integrator for city command and control centre’ and ‘water and solar rooftop’ – has been started and the government is also laying special emphasis on the project for development of Borsola Beel. Though a little delayed initially, the project would be completed within stipulated time,” Sarma said.

On the ambitious water supply scheme for Guwahati, the Minister informed the House that the government is hopeful about starting water supply under the Jalukbari and West Guwahati water supply schemes by October 2. “Nearly 94 per cent work of the projects has been completed and we are looking forward to starting the water supply to the citizens before Durga Puja,” he added.


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