GUWAHATI, Oct 28 - Florida-based noted architect and town planner Amiya Kumar Das has expressed surprise over the news report on the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) entrusting the Government of India consultancy firm, WAPCOS Ltd, with the task of preparing the smart city plan of Guwahati. The consultancy firm is to prepare the smart city plan of Guwahati in collaboration with the GMC.
�It is still mysterious as to whether the legal impediments like not having any legislation for urban renewal, would allow them to move any further. It is also not known as to whether the WAPCOS Ltd is conversant with the Guwahati problems. Again, the entire process of awarding the contract is also not transparent,� Das told this newspaper.
However, GMC Commissioner Narayan Konwar maintained that the WAPCOS Ltd is one of the 48 empanelled consultants of the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The GMC had invited tenders from consultancy firms, with permission from the State Government.