GMDA completes only 1 project in 2017
While a number of projects under Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) are “ongoing” in Guwahati, the developmental body was able to complete only one project in 2017.
Chief Engineer of GMDA, Debojit Das said, “We were able to complete the construction of the multi-level automated car parking lot at Sradhanjali Kanan only,” adding that other projects are ongoing and the completion timeframe cannot not be given at the moment.
The Sradhanjali Kanan parking facility has been completed at a cost of Rs. 14.33 crores. The parking facility has the capacity to accommodate 302 four-wheelers and 27 two-wheelers. It consists of six levels of over-ground puzzle parking with moveable pallets which is manned by trained staff. The parking lot was inaugurated by the chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal on 17th October 2017.
Talking about the other projects under GMDA, a source said that the expected completion dates of all the other projects have been delayed.
The Guwahati water supply project was expected to be completed by the end of 2016 which got extended to April 2017 and now the officials are not sure about the completion timeframe.
Similarly, the Brahmaputra ropeway work was started in 2008 and was expected to be completed by 2012 which did not happen as the GMDA was not allowed to continue the work. In 2015, the city developmental authority received the permission for resuming the work and the senior officials at that time claimed the ropeway will be prepared by the end of 2017. Now again, the date of completion has been extended to February 2019.
The metro rail detailed project report (DPR) is being reworked.
No new projects in 2017 by GMDA
With the commencement of 2017, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) had claimed that it would take up many new projects within the year. But it has been found that no new projects were started by the authority this year.
Chief engineer of GMDA, Debojit Das said, “We are busy with all the past projects and nothing new was started in 2017,” adding that a few new projects will start next year.
In the beginning of 2017, chairman of GMDA, Dhiren Baruah had said, “We have taken up three projects - construction of an alternative channel to divert flood water coming from Meghalaya, setting up a sewage treatment plant on the Bahini River and setting up a seal tape on the Bharalu River at Sarabhatti - to check flash flood problems. These projects are expected to be completed within this year.”
A GMDA source said that the projects did not start even as the proposals remain pending with the government.
Similarly, the old jail campus at Fancy Bazar was expected to be converted into a world class botanical garden but sources said that a Singapore-based company is still studying the prospects and work has not yet started.
The foot over-bridges in the city were expected to be developed with installation of lifts or escalators. Sources revealed that this project is still under tendering process.