GUWAHATI, March 3 – Builders, architects and construction engineers here are resentful of the fact that the Guwahati Development Department (GDD) has stopped issuing permissions for construction of multi-storied buildings for an indefinite period since June 11, 2012 on the plea of revision of the Guwahati Master Plan and the city’s building by-laws.
It is likely that some of them may move the court to get their grievances on the issue redressed.
Assam Infrastructure and Real Estate Developers’ Association (AREIDA) president PK Sarma said this act of the Government has brought development to a grinding halt. For, he said, the housing sector is the engine of economic growth. But in Guwahati, the Government has kept development of this sector standstill for months on without any valid reason.
The AREIDA has made numerous representations to the Government on the issue, but to no avail.
Association of Architects of Assam (AAA) president Pradyut Moral told this newspaper that his Association had met GDD Minister Ajanta Neog some time back on the Guwahati Master Plan. Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) chairman Rabin Bordoloi has also been intimated by the AAA delegation on the issue, but to no avail.
The AAA may soon move the court on the issue as this very act of the GDD has been affecting the livelihoods of the architects. The Government is not paying any compensation to the affected people, said the AAA president. Moral said that restrictions imposed upon lifeline buildings like hospitals, schools, etc., is also an unsavoury act.
Consultant engineer JN Khataniar said shelter is the basic need and it is connected with construction activities. It is not justified to stop construction activities by the authorities concerned for an indefinite period on the plea that there will be new construction by-laws in near future which need sufficient time for study and take sufficient time to make it perfect in all respects.
The systematic growth of a city depends on systematic construction activities associated with livelihood of huge manpower and market growth. Hundreds of registered consultants with huge numbers of staff are also associated with construction activities whose livelihoods totally depend on the systematic growth of the city.
The sudden stopping of all new constructions activities within the city has a great impact on the entire construction industries as well as on the society.
He has suggested that the GDD should allow construction of all types of buildings up to the height of 30 metres till the present building by-laws of the city are revised.