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Exercise on to form Guwahati Metropolitan Region
AJIT PATOWARY
 GUWAHATI, July 18 The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has been working on a plan to delineate a much larger metropolitan boundary for Guwahati and to form a metropolitan region for the city to regulate the urban sprawling in its peripheral areas.

There is also a line of thinking doing the round to develop an authority under the name and style of State Capital Region, in line with the National Capital Region of Delhi, to oversee the overall planning of the Guwahati Metropolitan Region (GMR) being developed after completion of the above delineation exercise.

Moreover, considering the fact that Guwahati population has gone beyond 10 lakh as per the 2011 Census, discussions are also on to form a metropolitan planning committee for the city as per the 74th amendment to the Indian Constitution.

According to sources in the GMDA, the authority is also reviewing and revising the existing Master Plan of the city, along with delineation of its metropolitan region. Both these exercises have been clubbed together.

The Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) has been engaged to carry out this exercise. The CEPT has already made its presentation on the issue of delineation of the metropolitan region.

The delineation exercise has proposed to expand the Guwahati Metropolitan Region area by almost two to four times on the existing size of the Guwahati Metropolitan Area, sources said.

A 13-member committee with the Principal Secretary of the Guwahati Development Department (GDD) as its head, has been formed to study the delineation proposal submitted by the CEPT and finalise it. The Committee has also been asked to finalise the building bye-laws of the city.

It is learnt that both the processes are nearing completion.

Though the proposed GMR area would be a larger one, its actual developable area will be restricted to one-fourth of its total area. The rest of the areas will be kept reserved as water bodies, hills and agricultural areas to prevent conversion of such areas for other purposes, sources said.

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