GUWAHATI, June 16 � The CPM Kamrup (Metro) district committee has expressed serious concern over the State administration�s act of notifying a draft master plan for Sonapur covering 41 villages with a population of over 46,000, keeping the people, political parties and other social organisations in the dark.
Though the gazette notification for the purpose was issued on December 9, 2010, there is not a single attempt on the part of the authorities to know as to how the people accept this draft master plan. Except five of the villages, the entire area under the proposed master plan falls under tribal belt and block.
The development and the land-use pattern envisaged under the master plan are sure to put in disarray the tribal belt and block system in Sonapur area. The master plan has not proposed any measure to protect the tribal belt and block, alleged the party.
The master plan has proposed to reduce the size of land used for agricultural purposes from the existing 43.19 per cent to 20.78 per cent, despite the fact that most of the people of the area being covered by the master plan are dependent on agriculture.
Under the master plan more than 43 per cent of land of Sonapur area would be used for real estate business, commercial, industrial, recreational, transport and similar purposes. This is going to massively displace the people of the area, said the party and urged the Government not to proceed with the proposed master plan, adding that it is for inclusive development, which can improve life of the common people.