GMDA to occupy 7 bighas of forest dept land for ropeway
In a move to develop the upcoming ropeway terminus area at Kachari, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) will be occupying the 7 bighas of land belonging to the department of environment & forests.
A senior official of GMDA said, “Rs 2 crores will be paid as compensation to the forest department to shift their offices located at Kachari.”
The area was occupied by the offices of the district forest conservator and the forest ranger. Also, some adjacent barracks were used by forest officials for other works.
These offices will be shifted to Shantipur near Bharalu, a source in the forestdepartment informed.
80% of the construction work on the 7-storey ropeway terminus station which is coming up at Kachari has been completed.
The building will be installed with three lifts and the roof of the building will be converted into a view point for tourists.
The building is expected to have all the amenities for the visitors and passengers like food joints, toilets, rest rooms and shops.
The surrounding area will be beautified under the Smart City Project and GMDA will also construct a parking lot for all kinds of vehicles.
The Guwahati passenger ropeway project connecting the northern and southern zones of the city will be completed in the next nine months, Guwahati Development Department (GDD) minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, informed G Plus.
The project was scheduled to have been commissioned in May 2011, but work was stopped by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in February, 2011. Permission for tilt rectification of well foundation number 2 (pillar T-2) was not given at Urvashi Island.
The GMDA received the permission in 2015 with the condition of relocating the pillar (T-2) beyond 300 metres of the Urvashi Island.
The pillar has been constructed accordingly at the south bank (near the office of the Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner) and construction work for the other four pillars has almost been completed.
The towers to be installed on top of the pillars and at the stations will arrive by 1st March. Thereafter, the rope pulling and cabin fitting work will start.
Kachari Ghat to be developed into integrated transportation terminus
The Kachari Ghat near the office of the Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner will be developed into an integrated terminus for all means of transportation.
A senior official of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) said, “After the construction of the ropeway terminus, the area will be gradually developed into an integrated terminus for buses, taxis, river taxis and the metro rail.”
According to the detailed project report (DPR) which is being reworked upon, a metro station will be constructed at Kachari Ghat near the ropeway terminus.
The inland water transport department sources revealed that a terminus for river taxis will be created near the ropeway terminus.
The GMDA will construct a parking lot where space for taxis and buses will be allotted.
Integrated terminus impossible at Kachari: Ajoy Dutta
Slamming the city development authorities, city-based social activist, Ajoy Dutta, said that an integrated terminus for all means of transportation at Kachari is an impossible dream.
Dutta, who is also a member of the NGO Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG), said, “Kachari is the busiest area in the city and an integrated terminus will only create more chaos.”
The activist informed that the previous government had already blocked a road connecting Kachari to Guwahati railway station by constructing an underground parking lot and a food court.
Taking about metro rail, the activist opined that it is a “dream” which might be fulfilled after 30 years.
Dutta said that to develop Guwahati the authorities should first think about constructing an underground sewerage system and then think of coming up with projects like metro rail.