The Telegraph
Tuesday , December 11 , 2012
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Dirty GMDA? Meet the cool avatar

Dec. 10: The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) office has donned a new corporate look. A few years ago, the surroundings of the office looked dirty and the interiors were awful.

The architect of this makeover, GMDA CEO M. Angamuthu, put across the thought behind this change to The Telegraph, “The organisation should reflect the aspirations and development synergy of the city as a strong entity,” he said.

GMDA was established in 1992 and it started operations from its building at Kharguli. In 1993, it shifted its office to the Statfed building as a tenant.

Statfed, as an organisation, was shut down in 2001 and by 2002, the co-operative organisation was dissolved with the Registrar of Co-operative Societies appointed as a liquidator. As a liquidator, the registrar of co-operative societies initiated discussions with GMDA, asking the latter to take over the building. Over the years, the Statfed building was in a state of disrepair.

Business, however, went on as usual. Periodically steps were taken for renovation but there was no comprehensive initiative for it.

Sources said renovation started in a phased manner, keeping in mind a modern facelift for all the facilities. Another official said the renovation has given a modern and impressive image to the office.

“While the exterior has been given a touch of contemporary finish, the interior reflects the ambience of a corporate house with its elegant furniture and modern gadgets,” a booklet named GMDA- the transformation story, said.

Visitors walking into the office said pleasant changes that have swept the entire office can be noticed in the amenities now available right from visitors’ waiting room to the modern conference hall and digitised record room to Wi-Fi facility.

“The spic and span office which is a visitors’ delight also exudes the qualitative changes that have taken place in work culture,” the booklet said.

The GMDA is aiming to become an ISO organisation — the gold standard in administrative efficiency.

Angamuthu said the aim is to take GMDA to the doorsteps of every resident and everything, which is required for that, is being done.

“We are aiming for quality improvement and perspective planning for the office,” he said.

The authority has also chalked out a citizens’ charter for the first time, which represents a systematic, simple and transparent effort to focus on the commitment of the authority towards its citizens.