To ease out the traffic congestion in Guwahati, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated northeast India’s first multilevel automated car parking on RG Baruah Road in front of Shradhanjali Kanan on Tuesday.

This advanced parking facility is developed by Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) with a project cost of Rs 14.33 crore.

More than 300 four-wheelers and 25 bikes can be parked in this new space.

Coinciding the occasion, Sonowal also launched the service of Aquatic Weed Harvesters to keep the waterbodies of the city clean and free from aquatic vegetation and unwanted plants. The weed harvesters were procured from United States with an expenditure of Rs 7.5 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM called upon the people of the city to join government initiatives to make Guwahati a smart city in the world.

He said that a series of activities have been launched to develop Guwahati as the gateway to South East Asia.

Terming the inauguration of multilevel car parking as a significant development, Sonowal said that this could immensely help in reducing traffic congestion. Sonowal mentioned that state government is striving hard to carry forward the implementation of Act East policy and to create a better environment for industrial growth.

Sonowal said that, state government for the first time will organise Global Business Summit on February 3 and 4 in 2018 and construct World Trade Centre in Guwahati for creating global business environment in Assam.

Minister, Guwahati Development Department minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said that the new parking facility would accommodate vehicles of people visiting both Shradhanjali Kanan and the state zoo. He further mentioned that another three multilevel car parking facilities would come up near MMC hospital, Sagarmal Saraogi Petrol pump and Ropeway connecting Guwahati with North Guwahati which is under construction.

This car parking system also provides facility for automatic ticket vending machine and CCTV surveillance system to monitor the entire parking premises. Besides, rest room facility for drivers, drinking water and lavatory block, provision for uninterrupted electric supply and additional assistance for special service by trained personnel are also available in the parking premises.

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