GUWAHATI, July 8 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has decided to make some alterations in the third party assessment of the drain cleaning exercise for the entire Guwahati city by handing over the project to two instead of three institutes.
The third party appraisal was planned to get an impartial report about the drain cleaning and its maintenance, an exercise that bears utmost significance for the artificial flood-prone capital city.
As per the arrangements, Assam Engineering Institute (AEI), Chandmari, Assam Engineering College (AEC), Jalukbari and Girls� Polytechnic, Bamunimaidam were to assess the entire drive for three years in the six divisions of the GMC, with the first phase starting from this year.
�As we have not received any response from Assam Engineering College, Jalukbari, we have decided to hand over their work to the other two institutes already doing assessments in other parts of the city. The AEC was supposed to look after GMC division one and six,� Guwahati Mayor Mrigen Sarania told The Assam Tribune.
The Corporation is now considering the plan to hand over the Division-I to AEI along with Divisions-II and IV. Similarly, Division-VI will be given to Girls� Polytechnic, which is already looking after the Divisions-III and V.
The other two institutes, conducting assessments in their respective divisions for the months of March, April and May, have been asked to submit the reports to decide further course of action.
Third party assessment system has an arrangement of giving two per cent of the total fund allocation to the institutes carrying out the assessment. The total fund allocation for drain cleaning for three years is Rs 75.78 lakh.
�This system was planned to avoid the blame game that starts after every phase of drain cleaning, especially ahead of the monsoons. Contractors, GMC engineers and even the common people are involved in the entire process of cleaning and its effectiveness, apart from its maintenance. A proper impartial assessment will bring the clear picture to light,� added Sarania.