Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is working on revising the master plan of the city. This will include extending the city’s boundary and a land pooling scheme similar to that recently announced in Gurgaon. The aim is to give a boost to the city’s stagnant realty scenario as well as ease the population density in the city.
The Guwahati Metropolitan Region (GMR) currently covers an area of 328 sq km. Under the new master plan 2025, this will be extended to include Nalbari, Darang, Morigaon and Kamrup and the new GMR will be spread over an area of 3,471 sq km.
Once the land pooling policy is finalised, the GMDA will work on developing small affordable townships on privately owned land so that the GMR can be decongested by 2025. Under the land pooling policy, GMDA will handle all construction activities as well as take care of civic infrastructure in the area such as roads, drainage and sanitation. The new master plan is expected to be finalised in the next three to four months before the state elections.
The GMDA has already acquired land in North Guwahati for developing a model for affordable housing by 2017. The Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority has provided funds worth Rs 50 crore for the same. This project will have units in two price ranges, one costing between Rs 7 and Rs 10 lakh and the other between Rs 12 and Rs 15 lakh.
In its efforts to give the city a facelift, GMDA has begun granting online planning permissions since December 2015 and construction permissions will also be available soon online. The proposed Metro rail is also expected to boost the real estate market in the city.
According to PK Sharma, President, CREDAI – Assam, GMDA’s efforts are already showing results as sales have been increasing in all north eastern states, except Tripura.