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AREIDA to rope in experts to discuss problems
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Aug 25 – Seeking solution to various problems afflicting Guwahati – mostly due to the geographical location and unplanned nature of the city – the Assam Real Estate and Infrastructure Developers’ Association (AREIDA) has decided to rope in experts from across the country for brainstorming and discourses on the problems of Guwahati.

Broadening the concept and adding more focus areas to its annual realty expo, AREIDA would organize Realty Summit from November 21 to November 24, 2014 in Guwahati.

Addressing the media here, PK Sharma, president of AREIDA, today said that with delegates and expert resource persons participating, the summit would be a big platform to gain and share expertise on some of the core issues like urban planning, with specific thrust on issues afflicting Guwahati and the State as well.

When asked about the role of haphazard constructions in artificial floods and other major civic problems of the city, AREIDA members said that the water retaining capacity of the drains have to be increased and silt trapping from the neighbouring Meghalaya hills is a must to solve the problem of artificial floods in the city.

“Waterlogging is an issue which affects everyone in Guwahati city equally. Whereas the problem is aggravating day by day, we still rely on the natural water exit channels. No new drainage channel has been constructed to cater to the growing needs,” Sharma said.

“Hills must also be freed from encroachment and measures should be taken for silt trapping along the hills of Meghalaya,” he added.

On the issue of violation of the building bylaws, he said that while steps have been taken for a strict compliance of the revised building bylaws, some of the loopholes in its previous version led to its violation, mostly by the land owners themselves.

The AREIDA members further added that the issues of flash flood and urban planning would also be discussed extensively in the summit.

Moreover, the event would have a large display of available properties as well as products of allied industries. Buyers and sellers would also get an opportunity to interact directly with each other. Along with a strong presence of bank and financial institutions, the exposition ground of the summit would have 130 stalls.

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