Underscoring the need for making the new Master Plan for Srinagar more comprehensive so that it incorporates all the fundamental requirements of a smart city, the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said the experts involved in the revision of the master plan should come up with such a document so that it becomes a referral point for other cities of the country.
The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of 3-day seminar-cum-workshop organized by the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) to deliberate on Srinagar Master Plan currently under preparation.
Vice-Chairperson Srinagar Development Authority, Ms. Salma Hamid, senior officers of different departments, experts from leading institutes/organizations involved with Urban Planning, Development and Management from within and outside the state were present on the occasion.
Referring to the recent September deluge, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the experts framing the document should take cue from it so that the necessary mechanism viz-a-viz planning can be put in place in order to avoid such situations. He said we should take a cue from history where the planners would ensure that the advanced planned and the remedial measures are put in place in order to avoid losses in natural calamities like floods etc.
Earlier, Vice Chairperson Srinagar Development Authority, Ms. Salma Hamid presented a brief account on the need for revising the existing Master Plan and the activities undertaken by SDA.