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National bidding for water project

June 27: Dispur will hold a national competitive bidding to execute the Rs 280-crore water supply project covering western parts of the city.

The chief executive officer of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, P. Saikia, today said a notice inviting companies to bid for the scheme would be issued tomorrow. Experience and sound financial position would be the main criteria for the firms.

Saikia was speaking at a function at Tarun Ram Phookan Park to inaugurate the construction of a welcome gate-cum-footbridge over MG Road at Bharalumukh.

The multicrore-rupee water supply project will be executed by the government from the funds sanctioned by the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The state government has divided the city into four zones and prepared separate water supply schemes for each zone. Israel-based Tahal Group prepared the detailed project reports of these schemes.

Three zones are on the south bank and one on the north bank. The zones on the south bank are Guwahati East, Guwahati West and Guwahati Central. The one on the north bank has been named as North Guwahati.

“In the first phase, national competitive bidding will be held for Guwahati West zone, which will cover the western areas of the city. Negotiations are going on with different funding agencies for the remaining three schemes,” Saikia said.

The welcome gate-cum-footbridge will connect Tarun Ram Phookan Park with the Sankardev Udyan.

GMDA deputy chairman J.K. Pandey inaugurated the construction of the footb ridge.

Designed by consultant engineer J.N. Khataniar, the three emblems of Assamese society — sarai, japi and gamocha — will adorn the welcome gate. Global Trade Enterprise, a local firm will implement the Rs-50 lakh project within six months.

“The welcome gate will reflect Assamese tradition and hospitality as the people of the state welcome their guests with sarai, japi and gamocha,” Khataniar said.

The proposed gate, as suggested by the NGO, will be adorned with famous quotes and sayings of national leaders translated in English.

“We have requested to include Nathan Brown, a Christian missionary from Britain, considering his immense contribution to the growth of the Assamese language. Brown was the founder editor of the first newspaper of Assam, Arunoday, which was first published in 1846,” Dhiren Baruah said.

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