GMC and GMDA: glorified scavengers
GMDA (Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority) and Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) are currently working on ‘Mission Flood Free Guwahati’ – a project that focuses on expansion of the city’s drainage network, de-siltation and solid waste management.
The GMDA this year has an ambitious budget spend of Rs. 4,833.56 lakhs (approx), according to the data published on their website. This in no way is a small amount. Year after year, these civic bodies are sanctioned huge budgets to do almost the same things – planning, cleaning, de-siltation and expansion.
After the massive city floods in 2014, GMC was sanctioned a three year package of Rs 45 crores (approx) and they woke up from their slumber. However, it is only in the first year that GMC seemed to be doing some work – the rest just ‘went down the drain.’
To put a perspective, GMDA has been planning and designing ‘alternate storm water drains’ since the past 7-8 years. Budgets were sanctioned but no progress has been made. Every year, there is a plan for a ‘new drainage system’, but this plan and its outcome continues to be a mystery.
The GMC is incapable of picking up after itself too. All the muck collected from the de-siltation of the city drains is left on the roadside to rot. For once, they need to get their s@#! together, literally! And our all-supreme GMDA has failed to deliver a single comprehensive solution to urban flooding in the past decade.
If these civic bodies do not get their act together, this so called smart city is going to the dogs and they will come only with their last minute contingency plans and continue to feed off of it like scavengers.