Infrastructure and Tele Communications
Although being a medium sized city, ranking around 50th (in terms of population) in India, the city's quality of life is comparatively higher. A recent survey (2006) by a popular Indian magazine – Outlook (Money) ranked Guwahati 17th among all the major and medium sized Indian cities. The city provides competitive residential and working environments with beautiful landscapes, pleasant climate, modern shopping areas, modern apartments and bungalows, and considerably good social infrastructure. Centrally funded four-lane, ambitious East-West Corridor is going through Guwahati City which is connecting all the North-Eastern Capitals. On completion of the project, it is going to boost the vital upliftment of the whole North-Eastern region. TATA Group of industries has ventured upon the region by setting up a massive Five Star hotel in the heart of the city, also opening up a TCS office, it going to be an added life line to the city's long needed infrastructure.
Still the city needs attention to improve its infrastructure. Asian Development Bank gives assistance to improve city's transportation infrastructure. Also the city receives substantial amount from JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) for its development.
Under the Government initiatives AMTRON going to open up a multifunctional IT park with the state-of-the-art equipments in Guwahati. The location of the software park is near Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Interational Airport, Borjar. This park has been done by the Software Technology Park of India ltd a Government of India Organization and the infrastructure is similar to the technology park in Noida, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar.
The present telecommunication network in the state is growing fast in comparison to the other parts of the country. Currently, individuals and industry alike face no problems in procuring telephone and other telecommunications facilities.
Assam has 269 telephone exchanges with approximately 1, 20,000 working connections. The growth rate approximately matches the demand and the shortfall if any, is marginal. Mobile telephone services are available throughout the state.
Recently all most of the telecommunications companies have set up their network in Guwahati with entire Assam like BSNL, AIRTEL, Vodafone, TATA INDICOM, AIR Cell and providing good services in their sectors
To boost the economy Assam Industrial Development Corporation has established an Export Promotion Industrial Park with estmated cost 14.62 project in Amingoan near Guwahati. This will provide infrastrural facilities of high standard for export orientd units.
A food processing park with estimated cost 5.95 Crore is going to set up in Chaygoan near Guwahati.
The commercial city Guwahati is well connected with the rest of India by air and land. The Lokapriya Gopinath Bordaloi International Airport, which is the biggest airport in the entire NE region, is situated at Borjar, 20 km away from the city. Helicopter services are operated from Guwahati to Shillong, Tura, Naharlagun, and Tawang The city is connected with the other major cities of India by different airlines. Once in a week Air India operates direct flight between Guwahati and Bangkok. Indian airlines, Jet, Kingfisher, Indigo operates regular flights to Guwahati. There are regular flights to other cities like Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh also. One can visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokpriya_Gopinath_Bordoloi_International_Airport
N.F Railway zone of the Indian Railways is the railway connection between Guwahati and the rest of the country. Guwahati Junction is the head quarter of the zone. Guwahati is also well connected by road with the rest of the country. A broad Gauge railway line connect Guwahati with rest of the country. Super fast trains like Rajdhani Express connect Guwahati with Delhi, Kolkata and Channai. National Highway 31 and 37 are the two road connection to Guwahati. Guwahati is well connected with rest of the State by ASTC services and many private transport systems. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) located at the outskirts, provides connectivity with other regions of the Northeast with regular buses for major cities and tourist destinations of the neighbouring states. http://www.nfrailway.org/showpage.asp?id=47& is the web site of NF Railway.
Water transport is the oldest means of transportation in Assam. The mighty river Brahmaputra has been declared as the 2nd National Waterway of the country. The water transport services has two organizations to operate their services on the river Bramaputra and Barak on commercial basis. Central Inland Waterways Corporation and Directorate of Inland Waterways are the two government owned ornizatio. These services are used for the transportation of passengers and goods alike. In some remote places still water transportation is only means of transportation. The waterway of Assam connects Chittagoan, Bangladesh, Kolkatta and Haldia in west Bengal. The Government has taken a major innitiative for the development of port infrastructure. http://iwai.nic.in/ is the web site of Inland Water Transport.