GUWAHATI, July 31 - The Central government has till now released Rs 191 crore to implement the Guwahati Smart City Project, while another Rs 189 crore has been released by the State government.
This was stated by Minister for Guwahati Development Department (GDD) Siddhartha Bhattacharya in a written reply in the Legislative Assembly today.
The minister said that various projects have been taken up with funds allotted by the Centre and the State government and these include beautification of Gandhi Mandap, setting up of 30 smart bio-toilets and 20 water ATMs and project management consultancy, among other activities.
He said that the West Guwahati Water Supply Project implemented by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), is progressing at a fast pace and over 95 per cent work has been completed. The private contractor engaged in the project has informed that it is likely to be completed by end of November this year, Bhattacharya said.
With regard to the South East Guwahati Water Supply Project, the minister said that it is targeted for completion by 2023.
The JICA-funded water supply scheme has witnessed progress of 56 per cent so far and steps have been taken to complete it by 2020, said the minister.
Bhattacharya said that the GDD has taken up some projects for prevention of artificial flooding in the city. �Work is on to set up a pump house with four high powered pumps in the Noonmati Basin. The pump house will facilitate diversion of excess rainwater from the Jyoti Nagar side to the drain at Noonmati Basin and from there to the Brahmaputra via Bonda,� he said.
The minister added that GMDA is also undertaking work on cleaning and dredging of water bodies like Silsako, Bondajan, Pamohi river and Borsola Beel to increase their water retaining capacity.
Work has been completed on clearing and widening of the Pamohi river and the drain along the National Highway 37 from ISBT to ensure passage of excess water of the Basistha and Mora Bharalu rivers to the Deepor Beel, he said.