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Guwahati Smart City: The Makeover Mission

| Updated on January 27, 2018

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PAN-CITY PROPOSAL

Estimated cost: ₹622 cr

The plan is to develop an integrated ICT application for an intelligent traffic system (which envisages GPS-enabled buses, mobile-tracking for public transport, solar panels on bus shelter rooftops, solar-powered charging stations, e-card payment in buses, smart street lights, interactive information boards, CCTV surveillance at traffic junctions), and a flood warning/forecast system (which envisages water level monitoring in water bodies, sluice gates control system, real-time data analysis to provide flood forecast, system alerts, broadcast of recorded alarm messages to phones, and water quality management).

AREA-BASED DEVELOPMENT

Estimated cost: ₹1,579 cr

The plan envisages retrofitting of some 696 acres of connected water bodies, including a 6-km stretch along the Brahmaputra bank, the Deepar Beel wetland, Morabharalu stream, Bharalu river, and the Borsola Beel. The focus is on flood mitigation, improving access, and efficient management of recreational, cultural and ecological assets, in order to reconnect the city to its riverine ecosystem. The key characteristics are: establishment of amenity blocks (with toilets, drinking water and first aid facility and bins with sensors), bamboo-haat training centres, vending zones, and pedestrianised areas.

FUNDING OPTIONS

₹994 crore as five-year grants from the Central and the State governments; ₹788 crore from convergence with Central and State schemes; and the rest as loans from the World Bank and contributions from the Guwahati Municipal Corporation.

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