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Strategic Meeting Unveils ‘Ten Cities Development Concept’ for Urban Progress

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Guwahati: A crucial meeting at Janata Bhawan, led by Ministers Ashok Singhal, Ajanta Neog, and Sanjay Kishan, along with eight MLAs, marked a significant step in detailing the implementation of the ‘Ten Cities Development Concept’ (Doh Shaher, Ek Rupayan) initiated by the Housing and Urban Affairs Department. The strategic plan aims at the systematic and swift development of urban areas, covering cities like Silchar, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Bangaigaon, Biswanath Chariali, Karimganj, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Jorhat, Tezpur, Sibsagar, and North Lakhimpur.

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Key discussions revolved around crucial urban aspects such as proper planning, solid waste management, water supply, public infrastructure, traffic management, street lighting, and the incorporation of green-blue elements like parks and water bodies. Commissioner & Secretary of the Housing and Urban Affairs Department, Kavitha Padmanabhan, provided a detailed presentation on the ‘Doh Shaher, Ek Rupayan’ concept, emphasizing manpower rationalization, digital delivery of municipal services, and bolstering financial infrastructure in the designated cities.

Proposed improvements under the City Infrastructure Development Fund (CIDF) encompassed diverse initiatives like conference halls, beautification projects, open-air theaters, traffic control systems, convention centers, bazaars, sports complexes, and water body enhancements. Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (UIDF) initiatives include convention centers, town halls, park developments, inter-state bus terminals, and public area beautification. The Directorate of Municipal Administration will oversee street lights and paver block streets, while AMRUT and Swachh Bharat Mission focus on water supply, water body rejuvenation, park development, and solid waste management.

The meeting witnessed the participation of MLAs and municipal board representatives from various cities, fostering a collaborative approach to elevate Assam’s urban landscape. The initiative underscores the government’s commitment to comprehensive urban development across diverse domains.

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