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Smart city initiative in Guwahati for beautification of Brahmaputra riverfront Project to reflect cultural heritage of the state

Smart city initiative in Guwahati for beautification of Brahmaputra riverfront  Project to reflect cultural heritage of the state

Smart city initiative in Guwahati for beautification of Brahmaputra riverfront Project to reflect cultural heritage of the state


Dispur, Oct 13: The Brahmaputra riverfront from Rajbhawan to Kamakhya will don a new look soon with the Guwahati Smart City Development Agency Limited (GSCDAL) mooting a major beautification initiative along the river in the city.

The Agency office bearers made a presentation on the proposed beautification project to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in his conference room at Janata Bhawan today. This is the first of its kind initiative to develop 5.2 km stretch of the Brahmaputra river covering 72.45 bigha land in Guwahati from Rajbhawan to Kamakhya in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.

Taking stock of the progress of the project, Chief Minister Sonowal asked the agency to prepare the detailed project reflecting the cultural heritage of the state in co-terminus with economic activities.

"The Brahmaputra riverfront in Guwahati holds tremendous potential to boost tourism in the state. The beautification project should be aesthetically appealing and reflect the cultural heritage of Assam in its work", Sonowal said adding that the project should be implemented in such a manner that the tourists feel the smartness of the city while having a peek at the rich tradition and culture of the state.

Sonowal also asked the Agency to incorporate provisions for prayer and festival plaza, perennial water channel along the bank and jetties for seaplanes to take off in the project. He further stressed that the beautification work should not disturb the normal course of the river.

The proposed project is designed by Tata Consultancy Services in partnership with a Netherland based firm after thorough hydrological study of the river. Once implemented, the riverfront will have an esplanade for people to walk for recreational purpose with sitting provision, night illumination, facility for cycling, leisurely sightseeing and high-thrill rides by speedboats and jetties for seaplanes to take off.

Dr. M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metro) who is also the Managing Director of GSCDAL while apprising the Chief Minister about the development of the initiative informed that a master plan for the project has already been prepared and survey and the feasibility study has also been completed.

Dr. Angamuthu further said that the project is divided into five parts with components for landscape development and riverbank protection. He also informed that implementation of the project would also not harm the interests of the vendors of Kacharighat and Ujan Bazar fish market as both the markets would be retained to reflect the traditional lifestyle.

Chief Secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia, Legal Adviser to Chief Minister Santanu Bharali, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department etc. MGVK Bhanu, Principal Secretary to CM Sanjay Lohia, Principal Secretary, Finance Ravi Kota, representatives of the consulting firms and GSCDAL were present in the meeting.