GUWAHATI, Aug 19 - The committee constituted to review the Guwahati Master Plan is exploring the possibility of creation of more open spaces in different locations of the city and developing and protecting the existing ones.
�Creation of open space in different locations is a vital requirement for a city like Guwahati which also helps in disaster mitigation. A study done by ASDMA in 2015 has been taken into account in this regard,� member-secretary of the committee JN Khataniar said.
The committee is also examining how to incorporate the suggestions of the micro-zonation studies earlier carried out for Guwahati with the land use plan.
The committee is further contemplating a uniform policy for preservation of forest and waterbodies to protect the environment requirement of Guwahati, besides protection of the hills, including the degraded ones.
The panel is also exploring a broader picture of drainage system and the issue of water coming from Meghalaya flowing through the city and the possibility of regulating flooding by connecting the Deepor Beel with the Kulsi river.
The GMDA had constituted the seven-member committee in January to review the Master Plan for Guwahati Metropolitan Area - 2024 (Land use Zoning and Development Control Regulation) and other related issues.
It is headed by GMDA�s Urban Consultant Dalim Kumar Gogoi. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee was given a three-month extension in July.
Khataniar further said the committee has sought suggestions and inputs from different organisations and agencies. Feedback, observations and suggestions can be sent before August 31.