The Meghalaya government is all set to implement the Smart City projects worth Rs 160 crore with construction of a market complex at Laitumkhrah in Shillong.
Urban affairs minister Hamletson Dohling said under the Smart City Mission, the Government would construct a new market complex at Laitumkhrah at a cost of Rs 30 crore.
“Work order will be issued soon to the selected contractor,” Dohling said, adding the existing market complex at Laitumkhrah has to be dismantled as it is in a bad shape.
Another Smart City project worth Rs 80 crore is a market complex at Polo, close to the newly-constructed market complex.
A tender document for this project is under preparation, the minister said.
He said that the road from the Governor’s House to Polo would be converted into a ‘smart road’.
The minister stated that a world-class structure would be built at the Barik junction in an area of 3.5 acres, which will have facilities like parking, park, museum, stalls, etc.
“Now a DPR for the iconic structure will be prepared as per the design, and the cost of the project will be known after preparation of the DPR,” Dohling said.
Speaking about the financial problems faced by the State after the funding pattern for the Smart City projects was made 50:50 between the Centre and the State government, Dohling admitted that the State would face fund constraints.
Shillong is among 99 cities selected under the Smart City Mission of the Central government.