Tarun Gogoi proposes Metro rail for Guwahati

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has announced a host of new schemes — widening and upgrading of state highways, improvement of infrastructure and other civic amenities, including a Metro rail project for Guwahati city at an estimated cost of Rs 1,800 crore in his Budget for the year 2013-14, a report by Assam Tribune.

The project will be funded by Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority (AIFA) as part of State Plan based on project reports prepared by the departments concerned.

Besides, upgrading and expansion of power infrastructure, including augmentation of Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd’s generation capacity. The Chief Minister also announced a special Rs 1,000-crore development package for the Barak Valley.

Infrastructure and other civic amenities in all districts and sub divisional headquarters will be improved, banks for developed land would be created for setting up industries besides tourism facilities on cost recovery basis.

Satellite townships with developed infrastructure, a Rs 60 crore ‘Mini Assam’ tourism project, a Rs 295 crore wireless connectivity covering all towns and villages, besides introduction of GPS based tracking of passenger buses, commercial transport and school buses at an estimated cost of Rs 105 crore are the other proposed projects.

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