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Assam Budget 2013-14 proposed Metro rail project for Guwahati.

assam BudgetGuwahati: The Assam budget for 2013-14 planned Metro rail project for Guwahati, besides widening and upgrading of state highways, enhancement of infrastructure and other civic amenities.

Presenting the budget in the state assembly yesterday, CM Tarun Gogoi, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the Metro rail project would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 1,800 crore.

He said that improvement and expansion of power infrastructure, comprising augmentation of Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd’s generation capacity was also on the anvil.

Gogoi said that a pilot project for reclamation of Brahmaputra’s river bed and its big tributaries would be taken up and embankments which were more than 30 years old will be strengthened at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore.

As well, at least 30 cold storages are proposed to be set up across the state at an estimated cost of Rs 150 crore, college and high school buildings above 50 years would be renovated with all government buildings, comprising offices, staff quarters, hospitals and other institutions.

Gogoi said that state highways and major district roads not covered under World Bank-funded State Road Project or any other existing scheme would be widening and improved in the next financial year.

Satellite townships with developed infrastructure, Rs 60 crore ‘Mini Assam’ tourism project, Rs 295 crore wireless connectivity covering all towns and villages, as well introduction of GPS based tracking of passenger buses, commercial transport and school buses at an approximate cost of Rs 105 crore are the other proposed projects.


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