Guwahati smart city to soon begin 17 projects at cost of over Rs 887 crore

The Guwahati Smart City Limited (GSCL) will begin 17 projects, including the Brahmaputra riverfront development and integrated traffic management system, soon in the city at a cost of over Rs 887 crore.

GSCL Managing Director Ghanshyam Dass said tenders have been floated for some of the projects while for the rest the tenders will be issued shortly.

He said the river front development project will cost over Rs 308 crore, the procurement of 200 non-AC electric buses will cost Rs 236 crore, the integrated traffic management system will cost Rs 127 crore and buying the desilting super sucker machines will cost Rs 30 crore.

The development of Aswaklanta temple, Umananda temple and Dakhinpat Satra Shanti Ashram are part of the GSCL’s new projects.

A number of offices like the Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner’s office, Guwahati police commissioner’s office and the Guwahati municipal corporation commissioner’s office will have to be shifted from their present location to different parts of the city to accommodate the riverfront makeover work. The government has already identified new locations and preliminary work is on.

Under the integrated traffic management system, automatic traffic signal lights and CCTV cameras to monitor traffic rule violations will be installed across the city. This was announced by the urban affairs minister Ashok Singhal last week.

It may be mentioned here that the GSCL had failed to implement several important projects earlier in the city. The Assam Police and GSCL had in 2019 initiated the ‘City Surveillance’ project to install a total of 4,000 CCTV cameras, but had dropped it.

The development of the Borsola beel was the first project on the GSCL list. A total allotment of Rs 80 crore was made for the development of the beel, but the project was shelved.

Mukut Das, TNN, Guwahati

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