Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 07:45 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: A day-long sensitisation programme on “Pilot on Formulation of Local Area Plan" was held at the conference hall of Gangtok Municipal Corporation today. The programme was organized by State Urban Development department under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
Addressing the programme, Urban Development minister Arun Upreti said the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) launched by the Government of India under Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs is a programme that is designed for providing basic civic amenities with infrastructure development that has link to the provision of better services to the people.
He said components like construction works, influx of population is a matter of concern and this type of Centrally-sponsored scheme for Urban Development helps the State to formulate infrastructures in a well-planned manner.
He stated that problems like water supply, sewerage, urban transport and parks are the matter of concern to the quality of life and the department must come up with a neat plan so that it is sustainable.
He outlined that the resources must be utilized for the development as even the smallest development is a development of the State. He urged all the members to give their inputs which would be helpful in the planning process.
He apprised that Government of India has recognised the work of the department and has sanctioned the Local Area Plan for the State.
The minister added that “we must think for long term development and should focus on the problems that might come up in future.” He urged the department to work in coordination with the allied departments for the concerned Local Area to make it a successful one.
In his address, the minister stated that the rapid urbanization has brought about many problems in Gangtok and stressed on the need of proper planning. He urged councillors to work on long term and sustainable plans and projects in their respective areas. He further suggested them to prioritize the need of the area while executing developmental activities.
He also urged everyone to give their best efforts to keep Gangtok on top among the 25 cities shortlisted under AMRUT project in the country.
Urban Development secretary and State mission director M.T. Sherpa gave a brief overview on the Pilot Plan under AMRUT Mission. He informed that there are 11 reforms to be implemented under which sub-components of 52 milestones are to be achieved. These reforms not only include the transformation of infrastructures but also planning of human resource development, capacity building and planning process of the AMRUT Schemes in the right way, he said.
The secretary further said that when it comes to the transformation of a local area in a random way it becomes chaotic, and therefore one of the important requirements in the formulation of this plan is the usage of Geospatial database GIS.
He stated that AMRUT was implemented in 500 cities and that Sikkim has been successful in its initial performance. The Central government had approved the State with 25 Local Area Plan (LAP) scheme. The LAP area located within the core area of Gangtok city covers an area of 390 hectares.
He said that all the area comes under GMC ward and that all the elected councillors must work in coordination with the concerned departments to achieve the target given by the Ministry of Housing & Urban.
He concluded by saying that these types of sensitisation programmes are much needed and with the formulation of Pilot on Formulation of Local Area Plan, Gangtok under AMRUT is a small initiative towards infrastructure development in a sustainable way.
A power point presentation was mad by AMRUT nodal officer Yogita Rai and the presentation was further continued by Barsha Gurung, nodal officer, Local Area.
Thereafter the programme continued with a review of Local Area plan by level committee members.
The programme was also attended by Gangtok mayor Nell Bahadur Chettri, Municipal commissioner Hem Kumar Chettri, principal chief town planner Sonam Dadul Bhutia, councillors of Gangtok Municipal Corporation, officers from line departments, Gangtok Municipal Corporation and Urban Development department.