The Smart City Proposal (SCP) for Guwahati was prepared by M/S WAPCOS Ltd., New Delhi in association of M/s OASIS Designs Inc, New Delhi appointed as consultant following a transparent bidding process from the shortlisted 48 list of consultants empanelled by MoUD.
The Smart City Proposal was prepared with active consultation with citizens through online and offline mode of interaction. Various Workshops, Seminars, Meetings and Essay Competitions, Ward Level Surveys were conducted to seek active participation of the community, to record their views and aspirations for their city which were then incorporated into the SCP. From the citizens’ participatory process, traffic congestion and storm water drainage emerged as major issues of contention among others to be addressed for the City. Accordingly the Smart City Proposal was formulated to mitigate the issues identified by the Citizens.
The Smart City Proposal for participation in the “City Challenge” in the second stage of Smart City Mission was been submitted on 15/12/2015 to the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India as per the prescribed format (Template) given by the Ministry
The following broad components across both ‘area-based’ and ‘pan-city’ heads were proposed in the SCP.
- A. Building ecological infrastructure along the contiguous network of storm water channels of Bharalu, Morabhralu, Pamohi and Borsala Beel to augment the measures taken to mitigate flash flood problem of the city.
- B. Proposal for Development of Brahmaputra River Front Promenade.
- C. Proposal for easing the traffic congestion by ICT based Traffic Information System and improve the service level of public mode of transport to increase the modal share of use of public transport.
Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV): The Guwahati Smart City Development Agency Limited (GSCDAL).
The implementation of the Mission at the City level will be done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The role of the SPV is to plan, appraise, approve, release funds, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate the Smart City development projects. One of the primary reasons for the creation of an SPV for the Smart City Mission is to ensure operational independence and autonomy in decision making and mission implementation. The SPV which will be headed by a full time CEO and have nominees of Central Government, State Government and ULB on its Board. The SPV is a limited company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 at the city-level, in which the State/UT and the ULB are the promoters having 50:50 equity shareholdings.
The Smart City SPV for Guwahati City has been incorporated in the name of Guwahati Smart City Development Agency Limited (GSCDAL) with board of directors from State Government as well as Guwahati Municipal Corporation and nominees from the Government of India. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guwahati Smart City Mission SPV is the Hon Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam. Shri Ashutosh Agnihotri, IAS, is the CEO and Managing Director of the SPV duly appointed by the Government.