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GMC fixes Rs 5000 for every Bihu committee gate

STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, April 5:  The Guwahati Municipal Corporation has cut down the rate to be paid by the Bihu committees of the city to the GMC in respect of every gate to be erected on the streets of Guwahati.
Addressing a press meet in the city today, GMC Mayor Mrigen Sarania said, “A Bihu Committee will have to pay Rs 5000 for every gate that the committee erects on the city roads. The amount has been reduced from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5000 after objection by the Bihu committees. But GMC will only allow the Bihu gates to be in place till April 30 and not beyond.”
He further said, “60% of drain cleaning work is already over and this work will continue for 3 years. We’ve already paid Rs 10 lakh area wise for the work to be carried out properly.  In every division a garik Committee comprising local residents has constituted to look after the work. There are more than 330 drains in the city and we’ll clean all the drains before the monsoon set in.”
The Mayor also said that along with the GMDA, PWD, water supply department and Power department, the GMC is working to complete all the work on time so that this summer the Guwahatians  have a relaxed time, undisturbed by artificial  floods. Government has also sanctioned funds to get all the work done on time and in proper way, he added.
On the other hand GMC Commissioner Molisha Goswami said, “We will also work on constructing new roads in the city. Funds amounting to Rs 40 crore have been already sanctioned and we will initially take up work on 800 new roads.” 
The press meet was also attended by GMC Joint Commissioner Debo Mishra , councellors Bolen Bharalu and PK Bhomick along with Mayor Mrigen Sarania and GMC Commissioner Molisha Goswami.

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