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No project for Narengi-Kuruwa bridge, clarifies Centre
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, July 11 - Putting at rest all speculation, the Centre on Thursday clarified that there is no project undertaken by Guwahati Smart City Ltd for construction of a bridge over the Brahmaputra river connecting Narengi and Kuruwa.

In reply to a Lok Sabha question by Guwahati MP Queen Oja, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri also said that Guwahati Smart City Ltd does not have any project to set up an optical fibre communication system in the city. However, the MSI (master system integrator) project of Guwahati Smart City Ltd envisages using the existing optical fibre system of various service providers available in the city.

The MSI project proposed to be implemented across the city, inter alia, has components such as city surveillance systems, smart pole, ICT-based solid waste management, smart parking, environmental sensors, flood water sensors, app for smart governance and citizen’s services, etc. These solutions and services will be made available across the city, and centralised monitoring and management of the services will be done from the ICCC (integrated command and control centre) where the representatives of the stakeholder agencies will be stationed for emergency response.

Under the ABD (area-based development) component of Guwahati Smart City Ltd, water body conservation and rejuvenation is sought to be accomplished for Borsola beel which is in the heart of the city. The project components include cleaning of the waterway to improve the quantity of water and creation of space for recreation through establishment of STP, infrastructure works and beautification and landscaping works.

The implementation of the Smart Cities Mission is to be done by the city-level special purpose vehicle (SPV), incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 by the State and urban local body (ULB) having 50:50 equity shareholding. The SPV plans, appraises, approves, releases funds, implements, manages, operates and monitors the Smart City development projects.

Guwahati was declared as a Smart City on January 16, 2016. The projects taken up for implementation by Smart City are installation of high mast National Flag at Gandhi Mandap, redevelopment and improvement of Gandhi Mandap, installation of water ATMs, installation of smart bio-toilets and installation of LED street-lights, among others. The Guwahati Smart City Ltd also has proposals for intelligent street-lighting system, Brahmaputra riverfront development and MSI among others.

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