GUWAHATI, April 6 - Acting as a catalyst to facilitate adequate financial support for the Bihu functions organised in different parts of the city, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has made a provision for heavy concession to the corporate sector in putting up Bihu gates, provided they approach the corporation through the local Bihu committees.
The provision has been made to pave way for financial support to the Bihu committees facing financial crunch in the changing times.
As per the new rules, the Bihu gates installed in different parts of the city by private parties, corporate houses, etc., will have to pay only Rs 5,000 per gate instead of Rs 50,000 charged earlier by the corporation. The only rider attached to this rule is that the houses will have to approach the corporation through the Bihu committees organising Bihu functions in Guwahati.
The charges for the gates include mandatory taxes as well fees for various other services provided by the corporation. Bihu gates constitute a major part of the outdoor advertising campaign of corporate houses during the festive season.
�With passing time, we have seen many glorious Bihu functions losing their appeal and dying slowly due to financial problems. Several Bihu committees at Paltan Bazar, Maligaon, Ulubari and even in prime locations like Chandmari are facing financial issues. This step will be a win-win situation for the corporate sector to tie up with the committees and get the concession on gates,� Guwahati Mayor Mrigen Sarania told The Assam Tribune.
Moreover, there is no limit on the number of private parties tying up with the committees on this matter. The corporation, however, has made it clear that all the gates will have to be removed by April 30.