Assam: ASICS survey states Guwahati not ready to be a Smart City
GUWAHATI, March 17, 2018: After Guwahati was ranked 14th in an urbanization survey conducted by Annual Survey of India's City-Systems (ASICS), the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has questioned the parameters of the survey.
Executive engineer of GMC, Monojit Bujarbaruah said, "GMC is not aware of this survey and the parameters of the survey are not known."
Guwahati was ranked 14th on the list of 23 Indian cities. The study highlighted several inadequacies in governance that have affected public service delivery in the city.
According to the survey report, the performance of Guwahati was disappointing, with a score of 3.8 out of 10.
It indicates that the city is grossly under-prepared to deliver a high quality life that is sustainable in the long run, the report stated.
Recurring floods, waste management, fire accidents, building collapses, air pollution and dengue outbreaks are only symptoms of a deeper governance crisis, said the survey findings.
Reacting to the report findings, Bujarbaruah said, "Guwahati did not witness a single incident of building collapse in the past." The engineer further added that waste management in terms of garbage collection is ongoing in a systematic manner.
For urbanization of the city many agencies are involved and the quality of life is improving, claimed Bujarbaruah.
The survey is conducted by Janaagraha, a Bangaluru-based non-profit organisation and the survey was conducted in Guwahati for the first time.
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