GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - The Guwahati Smart City Limited (GSCL) has decided to give immediate priority to only three projects namely, the Brahmaputra riverfront development project, the Deepor Beel development project and smart electric lighting of Guwahati roads.
Official sources at the GSCL said that a decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the board of directors held recently.
They said that the smart electric lighting project would cover a total of 135 roads in the city. On the other hand, the watchtower site will be developed under the Deepor Beel development project.
All these projects will be carried out in a phased manner. An amount of nearly Rs 200 crore will be spent on the Brahmaputra riverfront development project in the first phase. A sum of Rs 59 crore will be used to install streetlights and another amount of Rs 15 crore will be spent on Project Jyoti.
Tender for these works will be floated soon, GSCL sources said, adding that the State Forest Department is yet to issue the clearance certificate for the Deepor Beel project.
“These three projects have been accorded top priority as of now and other projects have been deferred for the time being. The bidding process will start by December and the works will be over within one-and-a-half years. On the completion of these projects, further decision will be taken regarding the other projects,” the sources added.
Under the Brahmaputra riverfront development project, a walkway, cycle track and jogging track will be developed along the full riverfront from the Raj Bhawan to the Kamakhya Temple. The landscape design for five segments – Kamakhya, Machkhowa, Governor’s Hill, Kachari Ghat and Raj Bhawan – will also be undertaken. Besides, smart city pavilions, bank protection measures, various infrastructure works (viewpoints, fountains, ramps, stairs, ferry terminals, kiosks, bridges over outflow structures, etc.), development of stairs from the Chakreshwar Temple to the Kamakhya Temple, material landscaping, planting, lighting, generation of solar power and upgrading of outflow structures of stormwater and drainage system within the topographical scope riverfront are among the tasks to be carried out.
In the meantime, other GSCL projects including development of the Borsola Beel, the Marabharalu river and the Bharalu river, setting up of a GIS platform for Guwahati smart city and pan-city projects have been postponed.
Meanwhile, the GSCL today lowered the Tricolour at the Gandhi Mandap, which had suffered a tear on Tuesday. The national flag will be hoisted again within a week after completion of the painting works on the 319.5-foot-tall flagpole.