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Govt to develop city riverfront
AJIT PATOWARY
 GUWAHATI, Aug 30 – The State Government has sought to undertake an ambitious project to develop the city riverfront under the Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority. The project is one of the several infrastructure projects proposed by the State Government under this financing authority.

According to the documents available with this correspondent, the proposal intends to develop the city riverfront in a comprehensive manner so that it can be turned into an asset of the city. The entire riverfront between the Nilachal Hill and Raj Bhawan area on the south bank of the Brahmaputra river is sought to be developed with maximum possible reclamation under this project.

It will be a multi-dimensional environment improvement and urban rejuvenation project.

In response to the request made by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee has submitted a proposal to carry out a study for preparing the project at a cost of Rs 83,42,730. The project requires analysis of the impact of embankments and possible reclamation on the downstream areas.

The study being carried out by the NIH, Roorkee is named Hydraulic Modelling for Brahmaputra Riverfront Development Project for Guwahati.

The objectives of the study proposed to be carried out by the NIH include river shifting analysis for studying stability of the river banks, flow variations to determine the perennial water depth, estimate of floods of various return periods for design of river embankments, estimate of water surface profiles employing hydro-dynamic river flow model and design parameters for river embankments.

The study is expected to be completed within two years from the date of supply of data and advance payment.

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