GUWAHATI, Aug 8 - State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA)’s vice chairman Dipok Kumar Barthakur held a meeting here yesterday with a team of experts headed by engineer and innovator Sanjib Sabhapandit.
The team submitted three model project proposals on municipal solid waste handling and processing system, traffic decongestion cum parking management in Guwahati city, and mothers’ shelter for rural areas during flood. Sabhapandit presented a detailed project plan and had an exclusive discussion with Barthakur.
He said through the municipal solid waste handling and processing system, it will be possible to segregate polythene and plastics and the subsequent recycling of waste products to prevent pollution of air, water and soil. The model project will have a capacity of 10 metric tonnes (MT) per shift of eight hours and it also proposed to have two waste processing centres at two locations to facilitate quick waste disposal.
With regard to decongestion cum parking management where Guwahati is facing a major traffic problem, the team proposed for three available options – multistorey parking, parking over drains and overhead parking platform mainly at the important public places by collaborating with all the departments concerned for smooth execution of the projects.
The mother's shelter is to be designed to mitigate the problems of the distressed people affected by floods. The main purpose of this plan is to provide decent shelter, safe drinking water and toilets by constructing a floating barrage consisting of all the amenities necessary for a family.
It was opined that the complete package is to be kept in the custody of local Gaon Panchayat, BDO office or SDC office and to be based on a holistic approach towards a permanent measure for flood relief instead of providing traditional relief items.
Barthakur appreciated the proposals and suggested that the projects must have a planning perspective keeping in mind the futuristic development of Guwahati in the line of the Smart City Project. He also appreciated the floating shelter proposal to mitigate the problems of flood-affected people.