GUWAHATI, June 2 - To preserve the sanctity of the water-bodies in the city, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to map all the water-bodies and preserve and beautify them to balance the ecological quotient of Guwahati.�
Attending a meeting to review the solid waste management of GMC in its conference hall here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Sonowal said that in a move to give solid waste management a larger ambit, the water-bodies of the city have to be preserved.
�Concerted steps should be taken to map them and beautify them amid burgeoning urbanisation to balance the city�s ecological quotient,� he said.
Sonowal also stressed the need for enforcing the provisions of the GMC Act assiduously and work as a helping hand to law-enforcing agencies to bring to justice the violators of its laws.�
On the artificial flood problem of Guwahati, Sonowal said that though the artificial floods have eased phenomenally owing to appropriate actions taken by the government, the GMC has to remain ever vigilant to remove the causes that are potentially responsible for causing artificial flood in the city.
He also said that the GMC must find out ways and means for creating new parking lots in the city areas for developing Guwahati from a global perspective.�
Sonowal also asked the GMC functionaries to chalk out an enduring and futuristic communication system in view of the ever-increasing number of vehicles and commuters in Guwahati. He also asked the GMC authorities to look for new and pragmatic avenues for increasing revenue generation to lend self-sustenance to the Corporation.
On the supply of drinking water, Sonowal asked the Guwahati Development Department authority to start a drinking water scheme like the JICA project by the end of the current year. He also asked the GMC authority to grant building permissions swiftly.�
Minister for Guwahati Development Department Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Chief Minister�s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami, his legal adviser Santanu Bharali, Additional Chief Secretary Maninder Singh, GMC Commissioner Devajyoti Hazarika and other senior officers were present in the meeting.