Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Ashok Singhal chaired a series of impactful review meetings at Janata Bhavan today, delving into crucial agendas for urban development in the region. Engaging officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (DoHUA), Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Guwahati Jal Board, Directorate of Municipal Administration, and Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the discussions were comprehensive and forward-looking.
At the DoHUA meeting, topics ranged from presenting progress before the Hon’ble Governor to discussions on the Deeper Beel project, special assistance schemes, and updates on schemes under UIDF/AMRUT/Technical Cell DoHUA. The implementation of the Online Building Permission System and preparations for the upcoming Urban Planning Conclave were also highlighted.
The GMC session featured a detailed review of the Kamakhya Water Supply Project, progress and action plans for Swachh Bharat Mission, insights into penal provisions for violations, updates on the development of the Harijan Colony, and the status of a market under construction.
GMDA discussions covered a spectrum of topics, including presentations on final drawings for selected parks, standard operating procedures for the Guwahati Master Plan, urban planning for North Guwahati, and deliberations on a cabinet memorandum proposing a halt to land transactions in the proposed Guwahati Master Plan Area. The meeting also provided an overview of ongoing and proposed works in the region.
During the review meeting with the Guwahati Jal Board, crucial aspects of water management and supply were addressed. The discussions included an assessment of the progress made under all reservoirs and the 16 split packages, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the current status. Emphasis was placed on slope protection works for the North Guwahati Reservoir and the flushing status in the same area. Safety measures for reinforcing pipelines were deliberated, addressing concerns regarding pipe burst incidents. Additionally, the meeting touched upon the progress of the South West Guwahati Water Supply Project, highlighting the concerted efforts to enhance water infrastructure and ensure a sustainable and reliable water supply for the residents of Guwahati.
Furthermore, as part of the concerted efforts towards comprehensive urban development, Minister Ashok Singhal orchestrated a joint meeting with key stakeholders to address the pressing traffic scenario in Guwahati City. The meeting included discussions with the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati City, the Commissioner of GMC, DCP Traffic, the Additional Managing Director of GSCL cum Managing Director of GUCL, the Commissioner of the Transport Department, and the District Transport Officer (DTO) of Kamrup (Metro). This collaborative session aimed to formulate strategic measures and foster inter-departmental cooperation to tackle traffic challenges effectively, ensuring a smoother and more efficient urban mobility experience for the residents.