Clean drinking water to 55,000 houses in Guwahati by year-end

Fifty-five thousand households in Guwahati will receive clean drinking water within December this year, with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to launch the first phase of the scheme on March 15.

This decision was taken on February 11 at a review meeting of Guwahati Development Department (GDD) chaired by the chief minister in Guwahati. Top officials of the department appraised the CM about various projects being implemented by GDD in the city and the CM directed the department to cover all people living in the city by the water supply scheme.

Various aspects of house building norms in the city were also discussed and GDD officials informed Sonowal that from now onwards even an owner of a 4 Lecha land plot would also get house building permission under Mukhya Mantrir Sahaj Griha Nirman Achoni.

Moreover, a person having a plot between 4 Lecha to 10 Lecha would immediately receive permission for building construction.

Directing the officials to strictly implement the house building rules in the city, the chief minister said it is very important to adopt earthquake resistant construction designs as Assam falls in the high seismic zone.

He issued directions for keeping ground floor free for parking in all buildings to be constructed in future, ensuring security of the lifts used in the buildings, keeping adequate provisions for Divyangs in all commercial buildings, making provisions for rain water harvesting.

The CM directed GDD to take steps to use bamboo and cane products in construction of houses so that these locally produced products could be popularised.

He also instructed PWD to use tiles and furniture made from bamboo in the buildings constructed by the department.

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