GUWAHATI, Jan 10 - In a bid to free the footpaths of the city from rampant encroachment by vendors and shopkeepers, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has initiated an awareness campaign to sensitise the people.
The campaign is directed at both the vendors and the citizens to drive home the point that footpaths are only to be used by pedestrians and hence they should be kept free and without any obstruction for the free flow of pedestrian traffic.
The campaign is also targeting citizens who use the footpaths to park their two-wheelers, which also creates hindrance for pedestrians.
It is being executed with the help of an all-round communication strategy and by use of mediums like radio, television, banners, leaflets and other innovative ideas to publicise the initiative.
With Guwahati making it to the smart city list, the GMC has decided to make all efforts to turn the city into a clean and clutter-free city, said officials.
“The idea is to take Guwahati to the next level and make it clutter-free. We hope this initiative will help in making the people aware of the dos and don’ts, resulting in a real smart city,” said Joint Commissioner of GMC Deba Kumar Mishra.
The GMC campaign comes at a time when the Swachh Survekshan campaign is also under way in the city, the idea behind which is to find out the cleanest cities in the country.