Agartala: In a move to strengthen the state’s economy, the Centre is all set to start the dredging work in Gomti river in Tripura and set up of a temporary jetty soon.
A high-level team of experts from the Centre reached Agartala on Wednesday. The team members held discussions with senior government officials and experts to prepare a road map for successful implementation of the project. They are likely to visit various places of the state starting from Thursday.
During his meeting with Union minister of shipping, state (independent charge), Mansukh L Mandaviya, in New Delhi, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb was informed that dredging work in Gomti river and setting up of a temporary jetty can be completed within three months of time.
Once the project is completed, the inland water transport will begin and it will boost the economy of the state further and the employment opportunity will also increase in Tripura, Deb said.
Inaugurating five different projects of Agartala Smart City in Banamalipur, the home constituency of the chief minister, Deb said that the citizens of Agartala have to act like smart people in order to maintain the public infrastructure being built under the project.
“The Centre had chosen Agartala among the list of 100 smart cities which is to be upgraded with all the modern technologies for the citizens of the state. But once the projects are completed, the maintenance has to be done by the people through taxes to the municipality,” Deb said.
Agartala is almost 150 years old but this city was never planned and, therefore, whenever it rains the city faces flood-like situation as massive waterlogging takes place.
The five projects inaugurated include 20 smart bus shelters in Agartala, upgrade of MBB College road, development of five ponds — two in Dimsagar, one in Ranir Pukur pond and three in MBB College area.
Other projects which are to be developed under the Smart City Project include CCTV surveillance system, traffic signals, modern bus stands, LED boards, integrated command and control system, free WiFi and Global Positioning System (GPS), among other modern technologies.
Earlier in March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the integrated command and control system for five cities — Gangtok, Namchi, Pasighat, Itanagar and Agartala in the Northeastern region.
The Smart City Project would be completed by 2021 with a total cost of Rs 2,063 crore which will be shared between state and the Centre on a 50-50 basis.
Agartala Municipality Corporation Mayor Dr Prafulajit Sinha said that at present over 5 lakh people reside under the corporation and it is difficult from the AMC’s part to maintain it alone without getting support from the government’s end.
The Smart City projects would not only make the AMC’s work easier but also provide people a better standard of lifestyle at the same time, he added.
Participating in the meeting, state chief secretary U Venkateswarlu said if the projects are completed within the time then in the next phase, when Centre decides to take another 100 cities, we can apply for Udaipur, Kumarghat or Dharmanagar city.
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