Centre of Environmental Planning and Technology (Cept) University has been roped in by the Assam government to draw a master plan for Guwahati.
The picturesque beauty of Guwahati known as the gateway to the north-east is not without challenges of a city located on the banks of a river and hemmed in by hills on all sides.
According to information available, Cept University faculty, which has been assigned the work of chalking out the master plan, would also include expanding Guwahati city’s limit from the current 350 sq km area to 2,500 sq km that would be known as the Guwahati Metropolitan Region.
“The task will be done covering the nearly 300 villages surrounding Guwahati and planned infrastructure like road, school, commercial centre, handicraft zone, etc. to mention a few.
This is mainly to keep a watch on rural-urban migration,” said professor Utpal Sharma, senior faculty at Cept.
He said Guwahati has been growing rapidly although largely in a haphazard and unplanned manner for the last 20 years. The city also faces environmental concerns with a large number of industries having set up shop in the city.
“These challenges include draining chemical water in river, landslide, flooding in monsoon and majorly illegal drainage lines and no channeled drainage infrastructure apart from the vanishing green cover of the area.
Cept team is in the process of drawing a master plan for Guwahati, which would include not only improving civic amenities but also draw a plan for the surrounding villages to channelise growth by framing building regulations, designing city boundary, control growth in certain areas and plan a new Guwahati city on the other side of the river,” said Sharma.
Pointing out that the master plan had been drawn and a majority of the aspects accepted by varsity officials in the urban development body, he said work is expected to be completed in eight months’ time.